TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Congressman Connie Mack has hit a major financial goal in his quest for the Florida Senate.

Mack’s campaign reported Wednesday that  he raised more than $1 million in his first full quarter since entering the Senate race.

Mack entered the race in late November and reported after the end of the year he started the race with about $750,000 raised, including about $300,000 transferred from a House account.

Former Sen. George LeMieux, who raised $1.7 million in 2011, hasn’t released his fundraising totals for the first three months of 2012.

Still, both candidates trail far behind the Democrat they’re hoping to replace, Sen. Bill Nelson, who ended the year with $8.4 million in the bank.

Mack spokesman David James said 80 percent of Mack’s total for the quarter came after LeMieux began negative attacks on the congressman.

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