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Davis checks in with $1.1 million, Brownback raises $744K

UPDATED: 4:15 p.m. Monday.

Paul Davis, the Democratic candidate for Kansas governor, today announced that he had raised just more than $1.1 million since Jan. 1 and actually topped incumbent Sam Brownback’s total from the same period.

Davis, the House minority leader from Lawrence, is challenging Brownback in the November election.

Brownback said he raised $744,000 during the same period.

Monday was the deadline for filing reports.

After expenses, Davis said he had $1.3 million in the bank. Brownback had $2.3 million, thanks to the fundraising he’s conducted since taking office in early 2011.

Like poll numbers, money raised is as much about meeting a nebulous set of media/political insider expectations as it is about building a bank account.

That Davis topped Brownback — and topped $1 million —almost surely exceeded those expectations.