Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi has built up his campaign war chest in his first fundraising quarter as a candidate in the 22nd Congressional District race. 

Brindisi, D-Utica, raised more than $410,000 in the third quarter of 2017, according to preliminary figures released by his campaign. His final campaign finance report wasn't immediately available on the Federal Election Commission's website. 

The campaign highlighted the financial support it received from within New York. More than 1,100 contributions were made by New York residents. Two-thirds of the donations were for $200 or less. 

Ellen Foster, Brindisi's campaign manager, said the strong fundraising quarter shows the campaign "has real grassroots energy behind it." 

"While Claudia Tenney is raking in money from D.C. special interests and lobbyists, we are building our campaign from the ground up, and from every day people who are tired of the Washington D.C. status quo," Foster said. 

Tenney, R-New Hartford, hasn't released her third quarter fundraising totals. In the second quarter, she raised more than $305,000 and had $437,895 cash on hand. 

The third quarter filings are due Sunday. 

The race between Brindisi and Tenney is a top priority for both parties. Republicans hold nine seats in New York and want to retain the 22nd Congressional District, which covers parts of central New York, the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier. 

Tenney, a former assemblywoman, is serving her first term in Congress. Brindisi is a three-term assemblyman. 

Political forecasters, such as Cook Political Report and Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales, rate the race as "lean Republican" or "tilt Republican." 

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