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Sen. Boxer Holds Fund-Raising Advantage

April 13, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ California Sen. Barbara Boxer holds a strong fund-raising advantage over Republican challenger Bill Jones in her bid for a third term, both campaigns said Monday.

Jones, the former secretary of state, raised $960,000 between Feb. 11 and March 31. Boxer raised $1.5 million during the same period.

Boxer’s campaign has raised a total of $11 million, compared with $1.4 million raised by Jones, who also loaned his campaign an additional $350,000, campaign officials said, citing fund-raising reports for the Federal Election Commission.

``I am pleased that so many people want to help us in this great campaign,″ Boxer said in a statement.

Jones said the disparity reflected his late entry into the race and his campaign to beat back three primary opponents. He had just $200,000 in the bank by March 31 while Boxer had $5.9 million.

``I’ve been retired for a year and got into the race Dec. 5, so I had to raise money from a standing start,″ Jones said in a telephone interview. ``Nothing in this report dissuades me from thinking we can raise sufficient funds to win.″

Jones’ campaign strategist Ed Rollins estimated the campaign needs to raise $20 million to defeat Boxer, a figure Jones disputed somewhat. ``We’ll raise what’s necessary,″ Jones said.

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