Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle raised nearly $1.8 million in her first quarter of fundraising, her U.S. Senate campaign announced on Wednesday.
The total is nearly three times the amount that Democratic frontrunner Mazie Hirono raised. Hirono took in $624,363 last quarter.
Because she is a high-profile Republican in a race that has garnered national attention, Lingle was expected to have a strong quarterly showing. She’s also an adept fundraiser, and she announced her candidacy just after the previous quarter ended — giving her plenty of time to get cash.
Lingle’s official grand