Washington (CNN)-Former Virginia senator George Allen's comeback campaign got a boost during the second fundraising quarter.
The GOP candidate will report $1.1 million in contributions, bringing his total for the cycle to $2.6 million overall.
Allen has a little over one and half million in cash to spend on his effort to reclaim the Virginia Senate seat lost to Democrat Jim Webb in 2008. Webb chose not to run for re-election, leaving the seat open and vulnerable for a Republican pickup, which would be a boon to the GOP.
Democrats currently hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate and will defend 23 seats in 2012, including two independents who caucus with Dems as they attempt to keep control of the chamber.
But if Allen advances to the general election (and to do so he'll have to defeat tea party candidate Jamie Radtke, who raised $92,000 in the second quarter) he is expected to face former Virginia Gov.Tim Kaine.
Kaine left his post as chair of the Democratic National Committee to pursue a Senate bid in Virginia. And though he got a late start on fundraising because he announced after the first quarter in late April, Kaine doubled Allen's fundraising for this quarter, boasting 2.25 million in donations from 4,600 supporters.
Allen, also a former governor of Virginia, served in the Senate for one term before being defeated. He received campaign contributions from 5,000 donors, 82 percent of which were from Virginia.
The candidate who drew fire for controversial comments made during a campaign stop and released on YouTube by a Webb campaign tracker is now turning to social media to build grassroots support for a competitive race.
Allen's Facebook page began with 3,600 supporters and has grown to over 18,000.
Financial reports for the second quarter of fundraising are due to the Federal Election Commission on July 15.