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Democratic Senate Challengers Massively Outraise Republican Incumbents


Democrats hoping to unseat Senate Republicans in competitive races saw a windfall of fundraising money in the third quarter, outraising their opponents by an average of over $20 million, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis of reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Key Facts

In 11 races rated competitive by CQ Roll Call’s Inside Elections, the average Democratic challenger raised $23.1 million from July through September, compared to an average of $10.4 million for Senate Republican incumbents.

Though many Democratic challengers have already gone through a large chunk of their Q3 donations, on average Democrats had $7.8 million available compared to $7.2 million for Republican incumbents, the report said.

In some high profile races, Democratic challengers outraised sitting Republicans by over $10 million.

Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly raised $38.8 million in Q3 in his race against Martha McSally, who raised $22.3 million, and in South Carolina, Jaime Harrison’s Q3 fundraising hit a staggering $58 million compared to GOP incumbent Lindsey Graham’s $28 million.

Key Background

Democrats saw a massive influx of donations after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,. Democrats need four seats to hold a Senate majority. If Democrats secure a 50-50 Senate tie with Republicans, the tie-breaking vote goes to the vice president. 


Trump said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was “not worth the work” Friday after it was reported she had raised only $8.3 million in the third quarter compared to the $39.4 million raised by her Democratic challenger, Sara Gideon.

Further Reading

Fundraising surges for Democratic Senate challengers, reports show (CQ Roll Call)

Republicans Rush To Defend Alaska Senate Seat (Forbes)

Here’s How Ginsburg’s Supreme Court Replacement Could Come Down To A New Arizona Senator (Forbes)

Lindsey Graham Challenger Raises $1.5 Million After Setting Up Plexiglass Barrier At Debate (Forbes)

Trump Says Susan Collins ‘Not Worth The Work’ After Opponent Raises $39.4 Million (Forbes)

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