As of Oct. 15, U.S. Sen. John F Kerry had $5.3 million to spend on his campaign for election to a fifth six-year term. His Republican challenger, Jeff Beatty, had about a tenth of that, or about $58,000, and Liberatarian Robert Underwood had about $400 to spend.

Sen. John Kerry’s financial advantage going into the Tuesday election is even wider than his point spread in the polls.

As of Oct. 15, the fourth-term senator had $5.3 million on hand. His Republican challenger, Jeff Beatty, had just $58,448, campaign finance records show.

Libertarian Robert Underwood has not reported any federal campaign contributions but said in an e-mail that the campaign had about $400. State campaign finance records show that he raised no money in previous races for state representative and city council in Springfield.

Beatty’s latest report shows contributions totaling about $188,000 from Aug. 28 through the end of September.

Kerry spent more than $2 million in recent months, including writing a $1 million check to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to help elect Democratic senators.

A Rasmussen Reports public-opinion survey this month found Kerry leading Beatty, 63 percent to 31 percent.

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