Amy McGrath

McConnell challenger Amy McGrath raised nearly $11 million in Q3

Amy McGrath talks in front of a podium.
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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.

McConnell challenger Amy McGrath's campaign says it raised $2.5 million in 24 hours

Kentucky Democrat Amy McGrath
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Amy McGrath's campaign said on Wednesday that it raised $2.5 million in its first 24 hours, after the Kentucky Democrat announced her bid to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell next fall, NBC reports.

Why it matters: McGrath's campaign said that was the most money ever raised during a Senate campaign's first day. This highlights how the Kentucky race is set to become a lightning rod in 2020 — as the idea of "dealing with" McConnell was a question in the first 2020 presidential debate.