Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly raises $13.6 million in second quarter

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July 13, 2022, 12:40 PM UTCBy Ben KamisarArizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly’s marketing campaign says it raised $13.6 million within the second fundraising quarter of 2022, a staggering sum for one in every of one of many occasion’s greatest fundraisers forward of a pivotal Senate re-election. The $13.6 million means Kelly has raised $52 million to date this cycle, Kelly’s marketing campaign tells NBC Information. The senator closed June with $25 million in money available, and his marketing campaign says 97 p.c of their donations have been of $100 or much less. “Senator Kelly all the time places Arizonans first: our small companies, our seniors, and our hardworking households who want aid from excessive costs on the grocery retailer and the gasoline pump,” Emma Brown, Kelly’s marketing campaign supervisor mentioned in a press release. Arizonans know we’d like Mark Kelly within the U.S. Senate, which is why grassroots donors proceed to rocket this marketing campaign ahead, transferring us full velocity forward to November.”Since second-quarter fundraising experiences aren’t due till Friday at midnight, there’s nonetheless lots to be discovered about how different candidates fared in fundraising over that very same time interval. However Kelly’s haul is likely one of the highest publicly introduced — Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s marketing campaign says he raised $17.2 million over the identical interval.Kelly received his seat within the Senate in 2020, defeating GOP Sen. Martha McSally in a particular election after McSally was appointed to the seat vacated by the loss of life of Sen. John McCain. As a result of his 2020 election was solely to fill the rest of McCain’s time period, he is up for re-election once more this yr. Republicans are presently ready for the outcomes of a contested major on Aug. 2 to resolve their nominee in a race that features businessman Jim Lamon (who’s partially self-funding his marketing campaign), former President Trump-backed Blake Masters and state Lawyer Normal Mark Brnovich.All of these candidates could be anticipated to be well-funded in the event that they win, as Republicans are hoping to flip a seat in a state the place new numbers present the GOP has a slim voter registration edge. Ben KamisarBen Kamisar is a deputy political editor in NBC’s Political Unit. 

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