WASHINGTON — Arkansas candidates are still raising campaign cash to fuel their election efforts even as Election Day draws near.

WASHINGTON — Arkansas candidates are still raising campaign cash to fuel their election efforts even as Election Day draws near.


Democrat Mark Pryor raised $145,200 and Republican Tom Cotton raised $77,164 between Oct. 15-21, according to "48-hour" reports posted by the Federal Election Commission. Campaigns are required to report contributions of $1,000 or more within a 48-hour period in the waning days of elections.


Pryor, who is seeking a third term in the Senate, has raised at least $10,897,000 this election cycle. Cotton, who is challenging him, has raised at least $8,159,980.


Despite his fundraising edge, Pryor had little in reserve in the final weeks of the campaign. He entered October with just over $1 million in his treasury after spending nearly $5.3 million in July, August and September. Two weeks later, Pryor’s campaign had just under $365,000 remaining. Cotton entered October with $2.9 million in the bank and had nearly $1.9 million remaining on Oct. 15.


The $16.6 million spent so far by the two candidates has been overshadowed by outside groups who have independently spent $39.6 million on the Arkansas race, according to FEC reports tallied by the Center for Responsive Politics.


Federal candidates typically file quarterly financial statements but are also required to file a "pre-election" report covering the first two weeks of October. They also must file periodic "48-hour" reports of large contributions in the days leading up to an election.


A review of Arkansas House reports filed with the FEC found:


In the 4th District race, former Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, entered October with $174,778 cash-on-hand and had $153,457 remaining as of Oct. 15. Since then, his campaign reported raising $25,300 in large contributions.


Democrat James Lee Witt, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, entered October with $303,875 cash-on-hand but had $153,357 remaining two weeks later. Since then, his campaign reported raising $35,700 in large contributions.


In the 1st District, Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, entered October with $509,218 in the bank and increased that to $516,102 by Oct. 15. He has since reported raising $13,500 in large contributions.


Heber Springs Mayor Jackie McPherson, a Democrat challenging Crawford, entered October with $39,550 cash-on-hand and increased his bank to $48,103 as of Oct. 15. Since then, his campaign has not reported raising any large contributions.


In Arkansas’s 2nd District contest, Little Rock banker French Hill entered October with $506,504 but had $97,870 remaining on Oct. 15. Since then, his campaign reported raising $109,900 in large contributions. Hill, a Republican, seeks to fill the seat now held by Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock.


Former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays, a Democrat running for Griffin’s seat, entered October with $354,314 but had $185,130 remaining on Oct. 15. His campaign reported raising another $68,350 in large contributions since then.


In the 3rd district, Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, who has no Democratic opponent this fall, entered October with $805,480 and bumped that up to $825,522 on Oct. 15. His campaign reported raising $21,200 in large contributions since then.


Candidates are not required to file reports with the FEC until they raise or spend $5,000.