(CNN) – Republican George Allen of Virginia has raised $1.4 million since the beginning of the year for his U.S. Senate bid, his campaign announced Tuesday.
In terms of fundraising, the latest numbers put him behind the likely Democratic nominee, Tim Kaine, who reported bringing in far more during the first quarter with $2.2 million.
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The race has gained national traction as a contest between two high-profile candidates with hefty war chests. Allen is a former governor of the state, as well as a former senator, while Kaine was also a governor and served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee prior to launching his Senate campaign.
In his first quarter reports Tuesday, Allen announced having $2.7 million cash on hand, compared to Kaine's $4.4 million.
Allen's numbers mark mild gains over the campaign's fundraising figures for the last quarter, in which the candidate took in $1.1 million and finished the year with $2 million in the bank.
"The generosity we have seen from people in every region of Virginia is truly heartening," Allen said in a statement. "Together we will bring the voices and values of the people of Virginia to Washington."
Both candidates are vying for the seat soon to be vacated by Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, who's not running for a second term. Allen was ousted by Webb in a heated 2006 election.
– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.