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Eyeing Senate, Clinton directing money to 2016 battlegrounds

Written by The Associated Press | May 20, 2016 3:30 AM
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Protesters hold up signs as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign stop, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Washington) -- Hillary Clinton is pumping millions of dollars into key battleground states at the heart of her presidential map and Democrats' quest to regain control of the Senate.

The Democratic National Committee and state parties are using about $2 million as an initial installment to build coordinated campaigns in eight battleground states with competitive Senate races, including Pennsylvania.

The money is being raised by Clinton's campaign through her Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee that allows Clinton to raise large checks of more than $350,000 from wealthy donors.

Democrats say the coordinated campaigns will try to build up the party's network of field organizers earlier in the process and work more closely with Senate, House and down-ballot campaigns than in previous election cycles.

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