Moran, Tiahrt combine to spend nearly $2 million in two weeks

In the hotly contested race for the U.S. Senate in Kansas,  congressmen Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt combined to spend nearly $2 million on their campaigns during the first two weeks of July.

Moran spent nearly $1.5 million and Tiahrt a little over $466,000, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Since their campaigns began, the two candidates have spent more than $6.7 million  through July 14 _ $4.5 million for Moran and $2.2 million for Tiahrt .

As of July 14, Tiahrt had  about $93,500 more cash on hand than Moran. Tiahrt had $889,000, Moran had $795,000.

Tiahrt raised nearly $50,000 more than Moran during the first 14 days of July. Tiahrt received almost $72,000 in contributions and Moran $22,000.

For the life of their campaigns, they have combined to raise nearly $5 million — $2.9 million for Moran and $2.1 million for Tiahrt.

Moran started the campaign with more money. He carried over $2.4 million from his congressional races and Tiahrt carried over $1 million.

Congressional candidates in Kansas were required to file a pre-primary report by July 22. The primary is Tuesday.