Gains Against Sweeney?

John E. Sweeney’s still favored to win upstate, but according to Congressional Quarterly, lawyer Kirsten Gillibrand is raising some serious cash.

Gillibrand’s strong early fundraising — which ranked her 14th among all House challenger candidates as of March 31 — has prompted CQPolitics.com to change its rating on the race to Republican Favored from Safe Republican.

Gillibrand reported raising $716,000 through the end of the year’s first quarter, and had $511,000 left in cash on hand.

And that’s before she puts any significant amount of her own money behind the race.

- Tom McGeveran