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Romney continues to raise more, spend more than Wilson in U.S. Senate race

U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney speaks with students at a DECA conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.
Mitt Romney speaks with students at the DECA conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Romney collected $495,000 from July through September, according to his latest Federal Election Commission report.
Steve Griffin, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Republican Mitt Romney continues to raise more money and outspend Democrat Jenny Wilson in the U.S. Senate race.

Romney collected $495,000 from July through September, according to his latest Federal Election Commission report. He also transferred another $200,000 from his failed presidential campaign. He spent just over $1 million during that three-month period.

Since entering the race in February, the former Massachusetts governor has taken in $4.8 million, including a total of $1.2 million from his presidential campaign account. He has $855,000 in the bank.

Wilson, a Salt Lake County Council member, raised $173,000 in the last quarter, while spending $132,000, according to her FEC report. She has collected $855,000 in the current election cycle. Her cash on hand totaled about $125,000.

Wilson criticized Romney for relying on out-of-state donors and money from his presidential campaign, which she said give him an overwhelming advantage over her in-state fundraising efforts. She has also pledged not to accept corporate PAC funds.

"I have spent the past year traveling the state hearing about the day-to-day concerns of Utah families. The fact that Utahns are funding my campaign and out-of-state donors are funding his reflects just that," she said.

The Romney campaign declined to comment.