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For the first time in the 9th District -- and possibly in North Carolina -- a congressional candidate has broken the $3 million mark in fundraising.

Republican Robert Pittenger has raised $3.05 million in his bid to replace outgoing GOP Rep. Sue Myrick, according to new campaign reports.

His opponent, Democrat Jennifer Roberts, raised nearly $449,000 through September.

In the neighboring 8th District, incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell and Republican challenger Richard Hudson are running virtually even in the fundraising race. Hudson has raised $1.24 million to Kissell s $1.2 million.

But Kissell had more cash on hand at the end of September: $561,000 to $355,000.

More of Kissell s money has come from political action committees than individuals. Hudson has raised more from individual donors.

In the 9th District, Pittenger had more than three times as much cash on hand as Roberts at the end of the quarter.

Most of Pittenger s money $1.9 million came as a contribution from the candidate himself during his contested primary campaign. Through July, no House candidate in the country reached as deeply into his own pocket.

The new report also shows that Pittenger loaned his campaign another $305,000.

He raised $251,000 from individuals during the third quarter, for a total of $621,000 from individual donors. He also raised nearly $138,000 from corporate and Republican leadership political action committees.

Roberts has raised virtually all her money -- $441,000 -- from individual donors.

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