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Article updated: 4/13/2013 1:28 PM

Durbin's growing war chest points toward another bid

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

 

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

 

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is expected to make an official announcement about running for a fourth term in the coming weeks, and a look at the war chest of the Senate's No. 2 Democrat reveals he appears to be taking a 2014 bid quite seriously.

According to a campaign disclosure report expected to be filed with the Federal Election Commission at midnight Monday, Durbin raised more than $736,000 in the first quarter of the year, which ended March 31.

Just over $572,000 of those funds came from individuals, with another $153,000 from political action committees, and $5,000 from party committees. Another $6,000 was transfered in by committees.

The 68-year-old senator now has a total of $3.23 million.

In March, Durbin told reporters in Washington that he was "making all the plans and preparations" to run for re-election.

With five senators announcing their retirement, Democrats are dangerously close to losing control of the Senate in 2014.

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