Blumenthal raises $1.87 million

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s U.S. Senate campaign will report next week it has raised $1.87 million from 2,300 donors since Blumenthal became a candidate January 6.

Mike Cacace, Blumenthal’s campaign chairman, said in an email Thursday that the campaign has nearly $1.6 million cash on hand. The first quarter filing deadline for Senate candidates is April 15.

“We are potentially facing a self-funded opponent who intends to spend $50 million of her own money on this race,” Cacace said. “We’re taking nothing for granted, and Dick will continue to work as tirelessly as he always has to earn the support of Connecticut’s voters in November.”

Republican Linda McMahon, the former chief executive officer of World Wrestling Entertainment, already is spending heavily on television advertising, using her own funds.

Blumenthal’s rival for the Democratic nomination, Merrick Alpert, raised $12,326 in the first three months of 2010.