Sunday October 16, 2011 | 11:00 AM

Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud continued raising campaign cash during the third quarter – but a little more than a year out from the 2012 Election Day, neither has a GOP opponent yet.

Pingree, D-1st,, raised $73,723 during the third quarter, her campaign finance report filed Saturday shows. Pingree spent $68,737 and had $114,644 on hand as of Sept. 30.

Michaud, D-2nd, raised $158,025 during the quarter. He spent $53,141 and had $273,372 on hand as of Sept. 30.

Pingree and Michaud won by comfortable margins in 2010, a bad year for most Democrats. The amounts they have raised during the 2012 campaign cycle are relatively modest for incumbents, but neither one has a well-known opponent yet.

Perhaps the most prominent Republicans who have said they are thinking about getting in those races are State Senate President Kevin Raye of Perry, who has eyed a run against Michaud, and state Senate Majority Leader Jon Courtney of Springvale, who has considered a run against Pingree.

Patrick Calder of Portland, a merchant mariner who is gone aboard a cruise ship six months a year, filed a second-quarter fundraising report with the Federal Election Commission stating he raised $3,000 for a race against Pingree. But Calder had not filed a third quarter report as of this morning, according to the FEC web site.

The nonpartisan, Washington-based Cook Political Report does not have Pingree or Michaud on its current list of competitive House races for 2012 at this point.

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