Bennett raises more than $700K in 3 months

Bennett raises more than $700K in 3 months

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Financial reports show U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett has raised more than $700,000 in the past three months, leaving the Utah Republican with more than $900,000 in cash on hand to fend off challengers from within his own party.

Bennett is seeking his fourth term in 2010, but is facing multiple challengers who say he has been in office too long and hasn't kept government spending in check.

When first elected in 1992, Bennett said he would only serve two terms. Bennett now says Utah needs experienced representatives in Congress.

Bennett's chief Republican opponent is Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

Shurtleff's campaign did not immediately respond Wednesday to requests for his report.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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