Mar 8, 2022 - Politics & Policy

How much money Senate candidates are raising

Data: FEC; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

Senate candidates in some of the most competitive states entered this election year with a running start from big fundraising totals in 2021, Federal Election Commission records show.

The big picture: First and third place went to Sens. Raphael Warnock of Georgia and Mark Kelly of Arizona — two of the most-targeted Democrats. In between is Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who's been worried about a progressive challenger.

Details: Schumer's tally doesn't include funds raised through his leadership PAC, which would generally be large.

  • Warnock's big numbers include runoff fundraising for the special election he won in January 2021, as well as fundraising for his re-election contest this November.
  • Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the chamber's only Black Republican lawmaker and mentioned as a potential presidential or vice presidential candidate, was the top recipient in his party.
  • Michael Gibbons is one of the many primary contenders in Ohio's Senate race who's primarily self-funded. He donated $11.4 million to his own campaign.

What we're watching: Black lawmakers held three of the top 10 Senate fundraising spots — Warnock, Scott and Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.).

  • She's seeking to topple Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
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