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Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) outspent his Republican rival, Randy Altschuler, by a 3-1 margin in the latest campaign finance reporting period.

Each candidate on Friday released campaign finance reports covering the first 17 days of October. Altschuler out-raised Bishop, $113,033 to $91,851, but was outspent by the incumbent, $468,298 to $138,234.

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Over the entire election cycle, the two candidates are still extremely close in money that their committees have directly spent and raised. Both Bishop and Altschuler have received $2.4 million in contributions, while Bishop has outspent Altschuler by less than $400,000: $2.2 million to $1.8 million.

As of Oct. 17, Bishop had $544,356 on hand, compared to Altschuler’s $204,137.

Meanwhile, spending by independent organizations, including Super PACs, has reached $3.5 million, with about three-quarters of that money benefiting Altschuler.