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Beasley ahead of Budd in fundraising, cash in NC Senate race

Cheri Beasley and Ted Budd
Franmarie Metzler; U.S. House Office of Photography
Republican candidate Ted Budd and Democratic nominee Cheri Beasley

Democratic nominee Cheri Beasley’s campaign entered this summer with a cash advantage over Republican candidate Ted Budd in North Carolina's U.S. Senate race. Federal campaign reports also show the former chief justice of the state Supreme Court outraised Budd in the second quarter by a more than 3-to-1 margin. Beasley's campaign had $4.8 million in her campaign coffers beginning July, while Budd — a current congressman — had $1.8 million. Campaign finance reports covering May, June and a few days in April were due Friday. The Beasley-Budd race could determine the Senate’s majority in a chamber currently equally divided among Democrats and Republicans.