NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State Rep. Joe Carr says he raised less than $100,000 in the first fundraising period of his challenge of Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Carr told talk radio host Ralph Bristol on WTN-FM on Wednesday that his campaign had been more focused during the quarter on gaining tea party endorsements than on raising money.

Alexander disclosed on Tuesday that he had raised nearly $838,000 in the third quarter and that his total since the beginning of the year was $3.9 million. He had $2.8 million remaining on hand.

Carr announced in August that he was abandoning his campaign against incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais to instead challenge Alexander. Carr has said that he expects it will take more than $5 million to defeat Alexander, including independent expenditures.

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