EXCLUSIVE: Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida brought in $ 4 million in the April-June second quarter of fundraising, his campaign reports.
Rubio’s loot, first shared with Fox News on Thursday, is more than double the $ 1.6 million the senator raised in the first quarter of January through March of this year.
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Rubio, who was first elected to the Senate in the 2010 Tea Party wave and who garnered a lot of national attention during his unsuccessful bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, prepares as he is running in the 2022 midterm elections for a third six-year term.
Rubio’s second-quarter fundraiser is higher than any GOP Senate member raised in the second quarter of 2019, the same period in the previous election cycle, his campaign pointed out. And that’s about $ 1 million more than then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who rose in the second quarter of 2019, during the Republican senator from Kentucky’s successful re-election campaign in 2020.
The senator’s campaign did not offer a breakdown of Rubio’s fundraising other than the highest figure. The senator had $ 3.9 million in cash at the start of April. Federal election candidates have until July 15 to file their second quarter reports with the Federal Election Commission.
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Representative Val Demings of Florida last month challenged the Democratic Senate, giving her party a nationally recognized and high profile candidate in the race against Rubio. Demings, who made history as Orlando’s first female police chief before entering politics, raised $ 1 million within 24 hours of announcing her candidacy. But the MP has yet to release her second quarter fundraising figures.
The burgeoning battle for the Florida Senate – which may be one of the few crucial contests to decide which party controls the chamber – is unfolding in a state with nearly 22 million people across 10 media markets.
“Both parties are going to invest heavily in Florida,” University of Florida political science professor Michael McDonald recently told Fox News. “This could be one of the most expensive US Senate races in history given the trajectory we have seen with increasing money flowing into the election.”
The total price – campaign and foreign expenses – of Rubio’s 2016 re-election victory over then-Democratic representative Patrick Murphy was almost $ 110 million, a huge sum at the time.
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But the race for the Sunshine State Senate in 2018, when then Republican Governor Rick Scott edged out incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, cost almost double, with about $ 205 million spent by the candidates, the parties and outside groups.
This race was the most expensive in history, until last year, when expenses for the Senate race in North Carolina exceeded $ 280 million, breaking the Florida record.
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