Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The 2016 presidential candidates are well ensconced in the money race, but they are not the only ones infected with donation fever. Candidates in competitive Senate races are trying to raise as much money as they possibly can, while also seeking to boast that they receive more small-dollar donations, a sign that they are more in touch with voters and the grassroots.

Thus far, it looks like Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) have the most boasting to do. Among major candidates in competitive Senate races, Grayson received the largest proportion of his funds from small-dollar donations (under $200) at 47 percent, or almost $213,000 out of nearly $454,000 raised. Toomey, on the other hand, has the largest dollar amount raised from small donations, at just under $1.6 million. But he also raised the most in total, nearly $13.8 million, so his small-donation share is just 11 percent. The Center included Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in its analysis of donations in competitive Senate races.

Grayson, a controversial progressive from the Orlando area running in the Senate primary against fellow Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), also received large shares of small-dollar donations during his last election. By comparison, several candidates have very low shares of small-dollar donations thus far, at just one percent each. Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) received around $13,000 in such donations out of almost $903,000 raised in total, and Allentown, Pennsylvania Mayor Ed Pawlowski…

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