Ruben Gallego, Democratic Senate Candidate in Arizona, Raises $7.5 Million

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Consultant Ruben Gallego, the anticipated Democratic nominee for Senate in Arizona, raised $7.5 million within the first three months of the 12 months, his marketing campaign mentioned on Tuesday, a major sum for what’s more likely to be a aggressive normal election race within the battleground state.

The haul of marketing campaign money provides to a robust fund-raising cycle to date for Mr. Gallego, a former Marine and progressive congressman whose candidacy will check how keen Arizonans are to elect a senator who’s decidedly left of heart. After many years of being a reliably Republican state, Arizona has elected a succession of Democrats to statewide workplace lately.

In November, Mr. Gallego, who has no main major challengers, is more likely to face Kari Lake, a former tv anchor and shut ally of former President Donald J. Trump. That contest will decide who will succeed Senator Kyrsten Sinema, who just isn’t looking for re-election. Ms. Lake faces a major challenger, Sheriff Mark Lamb of Pinal County, however leads him by a large margin in polls.

Thus far, Mr. Gallego has raised extra money than Ms. Lake, who has not but launched her most up-to-date quarterly fund-raising numbers. Ms. Lake is a more moderen entrant to the race than Mr. Gallego, who introduced his run in January 2023. Within the final quarter of 2023, his marketing campaign raised $3.3 million, whereas hers netted $2.1 million.

Mr. Gallego’s most up-to-date tally compares favorably with sums raised by Democratic incumbents resembling Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio ($6.6 million within the final three months of 2023) and Senator Jon Tester of Montana ($5.5 million in the identical interval), although it’s tough to match fund-raising numbers throughout states.

His funding edge, if it continues, may enable him to flood the airwaves with promoting in a state that has a comparatively costly tv market. Mr. Gallego’s marketing campaign spent about $1 million on his first commercial of the cycle, which started operating in March. Ms. Lake, who additionally ran for governor in 2022, beat him to the airwaves, broadcasting her first advert in January.

The Gallego marketing campaign — asserting its rosy fund-raising numbers two weeks earlier than the required April 15 deadline — mentioned that it had greater than $9.6 million money readily available, and that greater than 100,000 individuals donated within the final quarter, greater than half of whom have been first-time donors.

“Due to the help of tons of of 1000’s of small-dollar donors who’ve chipped in what they might to assist elect Ruben Gallego, we’re constructing the infrastructure to win this November,” Nichole Johnson, Mr. Gallego’s marketing campaign supervisor, mentioned in an announcement.

Outdoors teams may assist make up any deficit Ms. Lake faces in fund-raising. She has the backing of the Nationwide Republican Senatorial Committee, a gaggle devoted to electing Republicans to the Senate, and has raised cash with prime Senate Republicans like John Barrasso of Wyoming. She took in $330,000 at a fund-raiser in Washington alongside almost 20 Senate Republicans final month, and can elevate extra money at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago membership in Florida this week.

Mr. Gallego, too, might be buoyed by exterior teams. The Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic group, introduced a $239 million tv reservation final month throughout seven states, together with $23 million in Arizona.