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Senate FEC roundup: Cruz outraised, Brown bragging rights

Democrats defending narrow majority in 2024

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, raised $5.8 million during the third quarter.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, raised $5.8 million during the third quarter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats trying to defend their slim majority in the Senate were aggressive in fundraising during the third quarter, and many of the Republicans vying to oust them had to reach into their own wealth to compete. 

Here’s a rundown on the latest Federal Election Commission filings by the candidates for open Senate seats and key battleground states:

Arizona: Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema raised $826,000 and had $10.8 million in her account, though she still has not said if she’s running again. Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego raised $3.1 million, including $1.5 million from donors giving $200 or less, and ended the quarter with $5 million on hand. Republican Mark Lamb, the Pinal County sheriff, raised $475,000 and had $307,000 on hand. Kari Lake, the 2022 gubernatorial candidate, entered the race for the Republican nomination after the quarter ended.

California: Democratic Rep. Adam B. Schiff continued to dominate fundraising in his bid to succeed the late Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, with $6.5 million in total receipts, including $487,000 in interest and dividends on his account’s unspent holdings. The other two House Democrats in the race, Katie Porter and Barbara Lee, raised $3.4 million and $1.1 million, respectively. Cash-on-hand balances were $32.1 million for Schiff, $12 million for Porter and $1.3 million for Lee. Democratic tech executive Lexi Reese’s receipts of $715,000 included a $250,000 personal contribution. Republican Eric Early raised $321,000 and had $87,000 on hand. Former Major League Baseball player Steve Garvey recently entered the race on the GOP side.

Delaware: Democratic Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester raised $1.1 million and had $2 million in her account for her run to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Thomas R. Carper.

Florida: Republican Sen. Rick Scott raised $1.6 million, including a personal contribution of $154,000, and had $3.1 million on hand. Since his last election, Scott has loaned his campaign $4 million, and his personal contributions total $650,000. Republican challenger Keith Gross’ total receipts of $342,000 include a $324,000 personal loan, and he ended the quarter with $46,000 on hand. Former Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell raised $1.7 million since entering the race in August, including $816,000 from donors giving less than $200. She had $1.1 million on hand on Sept. 30.

Maryland: Vying to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Democratic Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks raised $1.5 million and had more than $2.1 million on hand. Self-funding rival Democratic Rep. David Trone took in $64,000 but drew down money he’d earlier loaned to the campaign to spend $4.9 million during the quarter. He had $437,000 in his account on Sept. 30. Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawondo, also a Democrat, raised $225,000 and had $322,000 on hand. Republican Robin Ficker reported loaning his campaign $102,000 and spending nearly all of it, ending the quarter with $1,700 on hand.

Michigan: Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin raised nearly $3 million and had $5.2 million on hand for her run to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Actor Hill Harper raised $1 million, including $463,000 in personal contributions and loans and $162,000 from donors giving less than $200. Harper had $418,000 on hand on Sept. 30. On the Republican side, former Rep. Mike Rogers entered the race on Sept. 6 and raised $824,000 by the end of the month. His $120,000 in PAC contributions are largely from the leadership PACs of other Senate Republicans. Rogers had $794,000 on hand at the end of the quarter.

Missouri: In the Democratic race to take on Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, 2022 candidate Lucas Kunce raised $1.5 million and had $1.7 million on hand, while St. Louis County prosecutor Wesley Bell raised $119,000 and had $88,000 on hand. Hawley led the field, raising $1.4 million and holding $4.7 million at the end of the quarter.

Montana: Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, one of three incumbents in races rated Toss-up by Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales, raised $5 million during the quarter, including $1.8 million from donors giving $200 or less. He ended the quarter with $13 million on hand. Republican Tim Sheehy’s $2.9 million in receipts include $653,000 in personal contributions and loans. Sheehy’s campaign had $1.1 million when the quarter ended. GOP Rep. Matt Rosendale, who may get into the race, raised $335,000 during the quarter and had $1.7 million on hand.

New Jersey: Indicted Sen. Bob Menendez raised a healthy $919,000, but his new rival in the Democratic primary, Rep. Andy Kim, raised $1.2 million. Menendez finished the quarter with $8.6 million in his campaign account, while Kim had $1.9 million.

Nevada: Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen raised $2.7 million and had $8.8 million on hand for a reelection battle rated Tilt Democratic. Republican Army veteran Sam Brown, who lost the 2022 Senate primary and now has the party establishment’s support, raised $1.2 million and had $938,000 on hand. Republican Jeff Gunter, who served as U.S. ambassador to Iceland under President Donald Trump, reported $416,000 in receipts, including a $225,000 personal loan, and had $319,000 on hand. Jim Marchant, who lost a statewide race for secretary of state last year, raised $74,000 and had $36,000 on hand.

Ohio: Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown appears to have won bragging rights among embattled Democratic incumbents, raising $5.8 million, including $1.8 million from people giving $200 or less. He finished the quarter with $11.2 million in his account. Three Republicans vying to challenge him in the Toss-up race are all putting their own money on the line. Matt Dolan’s $4.1 million in receipts include $3 million in loans that bring his total personal investment in the race to $7 million. Rival Bernie Moreno’s receipts of $4.2 million include a $3 million personal loan, while Frank LaRose raised $1 million, including a $250,000 personal loan. Dolan finished the quarter with $6.8 million on hand, Moreno with $5 million and LaRose with $869,000.

Pennsylvania: Democratic Sen. Bob Casey raised $3.2 million and had $7.4 million on hand. Republican Dave McCormick, who lost the 2022 Senate primary, announced he was entering the race just before the quarter ended and formally set up his campaign account on Oct. 1, so he did not file a report. In a losing bid for the GOP Senate nomination in 2022, McCormick raised $20.3 million, including $14.4 million in personal loans. 

Texas: Republican Sen. Ted Cruz raised $3.1 million and had $5.8 million on hand, but Democratic Rep. Colin Allred hauled in $4.7 million and had $7.9 million on hand on Sept. 30. The race next year is rated Likely Republican.

Utah: Among Republicans vying to succeed retiring Sen. Mitt Romney, state House Speaker Brad Wilson had receipts of $1 million during the quarter, including a $600,000 personal loan. Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs raised $312,000. Wilson finished the quarter with $2.8 million on hand, while Stags had $438,000. 

Virginia: Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine raised $1.8 million and had $7.4 million in his account, while Republicans Hung Cao and Scott Parkinson raised $731,000 and $186,000, respectively. Cao had $486,000 at the end of the quarter, while Parkinson had $380,000.

West Virginia: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III, who has not said whether he’ll run for reelection or for president on a third-party ticket, raised a comparatively modest $715,000 during the quarter, but he had $11.3 million in his account on Sept. 30. Manchin’s race is rated Tilt Republican by Inside Elections, and there’s a GOP battle to take him on. Gov. Jim Justice raised $613,000 and closed the quarter with $1.2 million. Rep. Alex X. Mooney raised $314,000 and had $1.6 million on hand.

Wisconsin: This may be a swing state in the presidential race, but Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin continues to have no significant challenger. She raised $3.1 million and had $6.9 million on hand on Sept. 30, while Libertarian opponent Philip Anderson raised less than $5,000 (including $2,100 from the candidate himself) and Republican Stacey Klein raised less than $2,000.

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