EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is constructing a formidable conflict chest as he gathers sources for what is going to seemingly be a bruising reelection marketing campaign within the 2022 midterms.
The 2-term Republican senator hauled in $6 million in fundraising throughout the July-September third quarter of fundraising, in accordance with figures shared first with Fox Information on Wednesday.
Rubio’s fundraising the previous three months is a rise from the $4 million he introduced in throughout the April-June second quarter, and brings to almost $12 million the quantity he’s raised thus far this yr for this 2022 reelection marketing campaign.
Rubio, who was first elected to the Senate within the 2010 Tea Celebration wave and who grabbed loads of nationwide consideration throughout his unsuccessful 2016 GOP presidential nomination bid, additionally reported a formidable $9.6 million money readily available in his marketing campaign coffers as of the start of October.
The senator’s marketing campaign famous that Rubio’s third quarter haul is sort of double what any GOP senator up for reelection raised throughout the third quarter of 2019, the comparable quarter within the 2020 cycle.
Rep. Val Demings of Florida, who made historical past as Orlando’s first feminine police chief earlier than coming into politics, is the main Democratic candidate aiming the problem Rubio subsequent yr. Demings, who has but to announce her third quarter numbers, hauled in $4.6 million within the first three weeks of her marketing campaign, from her launch in early June by the top of the second quarter. Candidates operating for federal workplaces have till Oct. 15 to file their third-quarter studies with the Federal Election Fee.
The burgeoning Florida Senate battle – which may very well be one of many handful of essential contests to determine which celebration controls the chamber – is going down in a state with almost 22 million individuals unfold out over 10 media markets.
“Each events are going to take a position closely in Florida,” College of Florida political science professor Michael McDonald instructed Fox Information earlier this yr. “It may very well be one of the crucial costly U.S. Senate races in historical past given the trajectory that we’ve seen in growing amount of cash flowing into elections.”
The whole price ticket – marketing campaign and outdoors spending – for Rubio’s 2016 reelection victory over then-Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy was almost $110 million, an enormous sum on the time.
However the Sunshine State’s 2018 Senate race, when then-Republican Gov. Rick Scott edged out incumbent Democratic Sen. Invoice Nelson, was almost double the price, with roughly $205 million spent by the candidates, events and outdoors teams.
That race was the most costly in historical past, till final yr when spending within the Senate race in North Carolina topped $280 million, smashing the Florida report.