ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is reporting a big financial advantage with $3.5 million in campaign cash compared to about $347,000 on hand for Republican challenger Joe DioGuardi.

The Democratic incumbent reported raising about $1.3 million from August 26 through the end of September and spending $2.4 million during the same period.

DioGuardi raised just over $1 million in the period, including $693,000 of his own money. He spent $1.7 million during the period.

Gillibrand was appointed to the seat last year to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. She has been spending heavily on TV campaign ads and is ahead in the polls.

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