WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Republican Rep. Pat Toomey announced Tuesday that he has raised over $1 million in the past two months in his battle to beat Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Senate race.
"I am honored by out the outpouring of support for my campaign," Toomey said in a statement. "Thousands of people all across Pennsylvania and the country are rallying to our message of fiscal responsibility and bringing much-needed balance in Washington."
More than 11,000 individuals have contributed to his campaign since he announced candidacy on April 15, according to Toomey. The Republican Senate hopeful also said that Louisa Boyd, Specter's former finance director, joined Toomey's campaign.
Recent polls indicate that since Specter defected to the Democratic Party, his lead over Toomey has shrunk to just 9 points.
Later this month, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is planning to hold a major New York benefit for Specter's re-election bid.