Fundraising reports paint grim picture of Democrats’ future
None of the four Democrats in the battlefield races have been passed by a GOP opponent, with Arizona’s Mark Kelly and Georgia’s Raphael Warnock both bringing in multimillion-dollar quarters. Warnock had the highest sum of any senator for re-election, raising a whopping $ 9.5 million in the third quarter.
Democratic challenges also posted strong fundraising quarters. The two GOP senators facing competitive races, Marco Rubio of Florida and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, raised less than the Democrats vying to replace them.
In Florida, Democratic leader Val B. Demings raised $ 8.5 million, while Rubio collected $ 6 million. Johnson, who did not say if he was running for a third term, raised $ 906,000, while three Democrats vying to replace him – Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, state treasurer Sarah Godlewski and executive from Milwaukee Bucks Alex Lasry – Raised Over $ 1 Million. Godlewski and Lasry, however, both invested their own money – the former contributed $ 315,000 to his campaign and made a personal loan of $ 685,000, while Lasry loaned $ 750,000 to his campaign.
Democratic candidates also raised more than Republicans in open-seat races in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The average Democrat in those states raised $ 685,000 while the average Republican raised $ 379,000.
In North Carolina, Democrat Cheri Beasley, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court, topped the fundraiser, raising $ 1.5 million. State Senator Jeff Jackson, also a candidate for the Democratic nomination, raised $ 902,000. On the Republican side, former Gov. Pat McCrory and Rep. Ted Budd, who was backed by former President Donald Trump, raised $ 1 million.