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King Has Spending Money, But Less Incentive, for a New York Senate Run

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Peter King (Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)

Republican Rep. Peter T. King’s recent ascension to a slot on the House Intelligence Committee makes it less likely he will run for New York Senate, but he has a solid spending base, should he decide to take the plunge.

King’s congressional campaign fund reported raising $1.3 million in the bank at the end of June. He raised $246,000 in the second quarter of 2009.  

That’s nowhere near Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s $2.3 million first quarter fundraising total, or the $2.2 million she has on hand, but it is does put him on par with another likely candidate, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney , who reported $1.3 million cash on hand at the end of March. Neither Gillibrand nor Maloney has disclosed their second quarter fundraising totals, which are due by midnight tonight.