Oct 10, 2019

McConnell challenger Amy McGrath raised nearly $11 million in Q3

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Amy McGrath, the Democrat challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky Senate seat in 2020, raked in $10.7 million in the third quarter of fundraising, her campaign said Thursday.

Context: McGrath's campaign raised more last quarter than several Democratic presidential candidates, including Sen. Cory Booker, who raised $6 million, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who raised $4.8 million. McGrath would be the 6th highest earner in the presidential field.

  • The campaign says the money came from 299,000 donations, with an average of $36 per contribution.

The big picture: Kentucky hasn't had a Democratic Senator since 1999.

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McConnell denies Trump claim that he called Ukraine call "innocent"

Mitch McConnell conducts a news conferencein the Capitol on Tuesday. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he hadn't spoken with President Trump about the memorandum of his July phone call with Ukraine's leader that's at the center of the impeachment inquiry. That's despite Trump quoting McConnell on Oct. 3 as saying, "That was the most innocent phone call that I’ve read."

Go deeperArrowOct 23, 2019

McConnell: Trump would be acquitted if Senate trial were held today

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that if an impeachment trial took place today, the Senate would acquit President Trump, Politico reports.

The big picture: McConnell recently claimed that impeachment would fail under his leadership in the Senate, despite acknowledging last week that he would have "no choice" but to put Trump on trial if the House approves the articles of impeachment. McConnell has indicated that such a trial would be handled quickly.

Go deeperArrowNov 5, 2019

Buttigieg and Klobuchar rake in over $1 million each in 24 hours after debate

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2020 Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised more than $1 million each in campaign donations in less than 24 hours after Tuesday's debate in Ohio, according to the New York Times.

Between the lines: Buttigieg and Klobuchar, who have both positioned themselves as moderates in the Democratic field, were two of the candidates to go hardest after progressive frontrunner Sen. Elizabeth Warren, especially on how she would pay for her Medicare for All health care plan. With a weakened Joe Biden reporting rather anemic Q3 fundraising numbers, the two Midwesterners are looking to siphon off moderate support.

Go deeperArrowOct 17, 2019