Apr 14, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Kari Lake bags $4.1 million to start 2024

Arizona Republican Senate Candidate Kari Lake speaks with reporters after leaving the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Capitol Hill on March, 6 2024 in Washington, DC.

Arizona Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake speaks with reporters after leaving the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last month. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Getty Images

Arizona Republican Kari Lake raised $4.1 million in the first three months of the year, lagging behind her Democratic opponent for the state's Senate seat, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The fundraising haul is one of the best for a Republican challenger this cycle, but it was nearly doubled by Rep. Ruben Gallego's (D-Ariz.) first-quarter performance.

  • Lake's campaign now has $2.5 million cash on hand.
  • She trailed only Pennsylvania Republican Dave McCormick as the top-raising GOP challenger nationwide.
  • Gallego raised $7.5 million to start the year, with $9.6 million cash on hand.

The big picture: An Arizona Supreme Court decision this month that essentially banned abortion in the state catapulted the already high-stakes race to one of the most important of the cycle.

  • Arizona is also ground zero for the fight over border security and immigration, which Lake has made a centerpiece of her campaign.
  • Lake was quick to distance herself from the Arizona Supreme Court ruling.
  • Gallego has moderated his stance on the border, pressing the Biden administration to offer an emergency declaration because of the crisis.

By the numbers: Lake raised over $1.3 million in small-dollar contributions from almost 22,000 donors.

  • With Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) retiring, polling shows a tight race between Lake and Gallego, with the Democrat having a slight advantage seven months out from Election Day.

What they're saying: Lake's campaign trumpeted the fact that she doubled her fundraising figure from last quarter.

  • "Just like President Trump, Kari is performing strong in Arizona and will win in November," the Lake campaign said in a statement.
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