Monday October 15, 2012 | 10:38 AM

Angus King surprised some political insiders this morning with his latest quarterly campaign finance report.

National observers were watching to see if King could raise $1 million to add to his nearly $1 million raised through June. Some Maine observers did not expect King to reach that number, however, based on unconfirmed reports in September that his fundraising was off the $1 million pace.

King raised $1.1 million for his U.S. Senate campaign in the past three months, bringing his total to $2 million as of Sept.  30, the campaign reported today. None of that money was from the candidate himself, according to the campaign.

King looks well financed for the last month of the campaign, with $464,000 in cash on hand as of Sept. 30. That total doesn't include $200,000 already spent to reserve television advertising time in the last two weeks before election day, the campaign says.

King's fundraising total in the past three months was more than double the amount raised by Republican Charlie Summers – $507,000.

Democrat Cynthia Dill, meanwhile, raised about $57,000 in the most recent three-month period, her campaign reported.

King, meanwhile, also continued to rack up endorsements from nationally known independent politicians.

Lowell P. Weicker, a former independent governor and Republican Senator from Connecticut, announced his endorsement of King this morning.

"Never has independence been more important than in this era of food-fight politics. Angus King was a solid, effective Independent governor and will continue to be as a United States Senator," Weicker said in a statement released by the King campaign.

Weicker joins other current and former independent politicians in backing King. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has contributed $500,000 to an independent group backing King and is hosting a King fundraiser. And former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has expressed his support for King's Senate run.

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