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Dino Rossi on the campaign trail

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- U.S. Senate hopeful, Dino Rossi makes campaign stops in Yakima and Kennewick. Rossi has been on the go ever since announcing his late run for the Republican senate seat in May.

He is one of the front runners hoping to defeat Democratic Senator Patty Murray in November, and put a conservative back in office. His supporters met Wednesday at the Pasco-Kennewick Rotary on North Auburn Street.

Rossi has already raised about $1.4 million in the second quarter alone. He spoke to supporters about cutting spending while taking jabs at his Democratic opponent.

"A lot of people don't know a whole lot about the incumbent. She's been under the radar. A lot of people don't know she's been here 18 years. A lot of people don't know she's been #4 in leadership. A lot of people don't know about her 3 earmarks, or that she's a budget writer, or that she's voted for every spending bill since 2004," said Rossi.

Senator Patty Murray's campaign says they have raised about $1.6 million in the second quarter. A full finance report shows she has about $6.8 million in cash to spend.

Murray and Rossi are competing with a handful of other candidates, including former Washington Redskins player and Mesa farmer, Clint Didier in the August 17th top two primary.

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