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Jim Gray Reports $1.75 Million, Including $1 Million Loan

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U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray says he has raised $750,000 in individual contributions to his campaign for the Democratic nomination. 

The Lexington mayor says he loaned his campaign $1 million, giving him $1.5 million in cash available to spend. Gray is one of seven people seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Senator Rand Paul in November.

Fundraising reports are not due until April 15. But Gray's campaign put out a news release announcing his totals on Wednesday. The campaign says Gray's willingness to spend $1 million of his own money illustrates his confidence and said he is the best candidate to take on Paul in November.

Paul has not announced his fundraising totals yet. He had about $1.2 million available to spend as of his last report.

Becca Schimmel is a Becca Schimmel is a multimedia journalist with the Ohio Valley ReSource a collaborative of public radio stations in Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio. She's based out of the WKU Public Radio newsroom in Bowling Green.