Early this year, Sen. Raphael Warnock and Sen. Jon Ossoff pulled off historic wins in Georgia’s runoff elections, which led to Democrats narrowly regaining control of the U.S. Senate. Warnock beat Republican Sen. Kelly Loefller, who was appointed only as an interim replacement, which means Warnock will be on the ballot again next year for his first full six-year term.
Due to the unusual situation and tough political climate, Warnock is considered perhaps the most vulnerable of the Democratic incumbents. So, when quarterly fundraising figures get released, they merit special attention. Warnock’s reelection campaign just announced its fundraising figures for the third quarter, and the numbers are exceptional.
Warnock raised more than $9.5 million during the latest fundraising quarter (July through September), amassing more than $17.2 million. This amount is higher than any prior Georgia U.S. Senate campaign has reported at this point in an election cycle. More than 145,000 donors contributed, with individual contributions averaging $37, according to his campaign.
Warnock’s fundraising performance in the third quarter catapults him ahead of his nearest Republican rival, Herschel Walker. The former football star raised only $3.7 million with under 50,000 donors in the five weeks since launching his campaign. According to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, this is due in large part to Walker’s name recognition along with Trump’s public support.
Warnock’s impressive fundraising efforts are even far outpacing vulnerable Democrats in other Senate races. For example, Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly raised $8 million in the last quarter and has $13 million in cash on hand.
It’s tempting to relax a bit after hearing encouraging news. However, with the midterm elections just over a year away, it’s vital that we focus even more on expanding the Democratic majority. The United States has been sailing in the right direction for almost a year now with a razor-thin majority in the Senate. There’s no reason to think we can’t do even better.