WASHINGTON — Sen. Sherrod Brown has raised nearly $27.1 million so far in his quest to receive a third term in the U.S. Senate — a figure higher even than Sen. Rob Portman’s total fund-raising in 2016.

And the campaign isn’t even over yet.

Brown, an Ohio Democrat, had almost $8.2 million on hand for his contest against Republican Rep. Jim Renacci, a Wadsworth Republican. Between July 1 and Sept. 30, he raised $3.75 million according to a summary of his campaign finance report. He spent $6.6 million during that period.

By comparison, Portman, who held the previous Senate fund-raising record for Ohio, reported raising a total of $25.8 million after the general election in 2016.

The campaign finance reports are due Oct. 15. Renacci has yet to release his campaign finance figures yet, but as of June 30, he had raised $6.2 million, including $4 million of his own money. Brown, as of June 30, had raised $23.3 million but has not yet loaned himself any money for this campaign.

Brown’s campaign said 38,544 individuals contributed to Brown’s campaign last quarter, bringing the number of contributors for the cycle up to 155,644.

“Sherrod’s respect for the dignity of work and his record of fighting for Ohio’s priorities continue to give our campaign grassroots momentum as we head towards Election Day,” said Justin Barasky, Friends of Sherrod Brown campaign manager.

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