LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley says she raised $1.2 million from April through June to help fund her 2012 Nevada Senate contest.

Berkley’s campaign announced Tuesday that the cash infusion means Berkley has set aside $2.5 million to wage her election fight against Republican Sen. Dean Heller.

Berkley’s campaign says she collected contributions from more than 2,900 individuals, with an average donation of $278.

Berkley faces Las Vegas businessman Byron Georgiou (jor-joo) in the Democratic primary.

Heller, who resigned from the House to replace resigning Sen. John Ensign in May, raised more than $1 million from April through June.

Overall, Berkley has about $2.5 million on hand compared to Heller’s nearly $2.3 million war chest.

Heller’s campaign says Berkley’s financial lead is unremarkable, and vow Heller will ultimately close the gap.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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