John Cornyn raises $2.7 million in first quarter as MJ Hegar collects $1.6 million

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Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic challenger MJ Hegar. Juan Figueroa: Cornyn/Marjorie Kamys Cotera: Hegar

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, raised $2.7 million over the past three months, his campaign announced Wednesday morning, hours after MJ Hegar, one of the Democrats seeking to oppose him in November, said she took in $1.6 million during the first quarter.

Hegar, the former Air Force helicopter pilot, is in a primary runoff with Dallas state Sen. Royce West, who has not announced his first-quarter fundraising haul yet. The candidates have until the end of Wednesday to disclose their latest figures to the Federal Election Commission.

Hegar, who had her best quarter yet, ended the period with "nearly" $1.1 million cash on hand, her campaign said.

Hegar, the choice of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, advanced to the runoff with West after a 12-way primary in early March. Cornyn, meanwhile, did not have to worry about a competitive primary and continued to stockpile money for the general election at a rate that far outpaced the Democrats. He now has $12.9 million in the bank, according to his campaign.

The FEC already required the candidates to share their fundraising numbers for the period from Jan. 1 through Feb. 12, so the reports due Wednesday will reveal their finances from Feb. 13 through the end of the quarter, or March 31.

For example, Hegar disclosed raising $638,000 from Jan. 1 through Feb. 12, so the quarterly total that her campaign announced Tuesday evening indicates she will report collecting $962,000 from Feb. 13 through March 31. The split for Cornyn is $1.2 million and $1.5 million for Jan. 1 through Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 through March 31, respectively.

While West has not shared his first-quarter total yet, he previously told the FEC that he took in $178,000 from Jan. 1 through Feb. 12.