Democrats running for Senate continued to build fundraising momentum in the first quarter of 2020, outraising vulnerable Republican incumbents and candidates in 10 GOP-held seats while making big cash on hand gains and breaking more fundraising records. The latest slew of impressive fundraising reports — across a Senate map that keeps shifting against Republicans — is the latest sign that Democratic candidates are running strong campaigns that will have the necessary resources to compete and win in November.
Over the first three months of the year, Democratic challengers outraised Republican incumbents or GOP fields in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Carolina and South Carolina. Democratic candidates in top battleground races like Iowa also set new records, while Democratic incumbents continued to stockpile resources for the general election.
The DSCC also had its best-ever Q1 fundraising haul with more than $28 million raised, after bringing in nearly $11 million in March and outraising the NRSC for the month. More than half of the DSCC’s fundraising came in from grassroots donations online, on the phones, and in the mail last quarter.
“As Democratic candidates focus on serving their states and communities at this time, unprecedented grassroots support is fueling their campaigns and our path to flipping the Senate continues to expand,” said DSCC spokesperson Stewart Boss.
Read more about Democrats’ latest show of fundraising strength in Q1:
ARIZONA – Retired NASA astronaut and combat veteran Mark Kelly raised a record $11 million in Q1, outraising unelected Senator Martha McSally for the fifth straight quarter in a row. Kelly now holds a $9.5 million cash-on-hand advantage, nearly double what McSally has in the bank.
COLORADO – Former governor John Hickenlooper outraised Senator Cory Gardner for the second quarter in a row — raising nearly $4.1 million in Q1, about $1.6 million more than Gardner, and bringing his cash on hand to nearly $5 million. More than 94% of contributions were under $200, and the average grassroots donation was $24.
GEORGIA – In the two months after joining the race, Reverend Raphael Warnock raised $1.5 million, outraising both unelected Senator Kelly Loeffler and Congressman Doug Collins in total contributions. Warnock drew support from more than 30,000 donors — with 95% of donations under $100.
IOWA – After outraising Senator Joni Ernst for the second half of 2019, businesswoman Theresa Greenfield continued to grow her fundraising operation with an impressive $2.2 million raised in Q1.
KANSAS – Dr. Barbara Bollier raised more than $2.3 million last quarter, once again outraising a fractured Republican field that’s been stuck in a messy and increasingly crowded primary.
KENTUCKY – Retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath raised $12.8 million last quarter, outraising the unpopular Majority Leader by more than $5 million. McGrath has already caught up to McConnell’s cash on hand, while forcing his Super PAC to reserve nearly $11 million in the state for fall TV ads at the expense of other vulnerable GOP incumbents.
MAINE – House Speaker Sara Gideon outraised Senator Susan Collins for the third quarter in a row, this time by about $4.5 million, and again outpaced her own “record haul” from the previous quarter to bring in more than $7 million in Q1.
MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock raised $3.3 million in just three weeks — $2 million-edge over Senator Steve Daines who brought in $1.3 million over three months. .
NORTH CAROLINA – Decorated Army veteran Cal Cunningham raised $4.4 million in Q1, outraising Tillis by nearly $2.3 million — more than double — last quarter.
SOUTH CAROLINA – Former educator and South Carolina Democratic Party chair Jaime Harrison’s “small-donor army” helped him have another record-breaking quarter and outraise incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham by about $1.7 million. Harrison raised more than $7.3 million in Q1 and has more than $8 million in cash on hand.
TEXAS – Decorated combat veteran MJ Hegar raised over $1.6 million in Q1 — her strongest quarter to date and the latest sign of her increasing momentum in this race as she gears up to challenge Senator John Cornyn. In total, MJ’s campaign has received donations from over 42,000 individuals, including from nearly 200 counties across Texas.
NEW MEXICO – Congressman Ben Ray Luján raised more than $1.2 million last quarter, the fourth quarter in a row that he has raised more than $1 million for his Senate campaign, and once again outraised the Republican field.
ALABAMA – Senator Doug Jones again outraised the entire Republican field combined in Q1, bringing in $4.2 million and reporting $8.3 million in cash on hand while far outpacing Tommy Tuberville and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
MICHIGAN – Senator Gary Peters had his strongest quarter to date, raising more than $4 million in Q1 — the largest quarterly haul for any Democratic candidate running for U.S. Senate in Michigan history.
NEW HAMPSHIRE – Senator Jeanne Shaheen outraised the underwhelming GOP field again in Q1, raising more than $2 million and posting $7.1 million in cash on hand.
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