In an interview on the steps of the Capitol Wednesday night, Gardner volunteered the information to a reporter but did not elaborate on its importance for his bid to unseat Udall in November. Gardner is expected to receive the party’s nod at the Republican State Assembly this weekend.
Gardner confirmed his goal is to raise $8 million to $10 million for the campaign. The higher figure is consistent with the amount victorious Senate candidates raised from 1986 to 2012.
Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) raised just over $2 million in the first quarter of the year.
The fundraising battle in another likely match-up in the 6th Congressional District is tight. GOP incumbent Rep. Mike Coffman and former Democratic State Senate President Andrew Romanoff each raised about $600,000 in the first quarter of the year, according to the Denver Post. Coffman has $1.85 million cash on hand to Romanoff’s $2.1 million.
Congressional candidates are not required to file their campaign fundraising reports for the first quarter until April 15.