Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell was out-raised by his November Democrat opponent in the first quarter of 2020.
Polling indicates a potential tight race.
McConnell is seeking a seventh Senate term.
The McGrath campaign is sharing the top line of a poll done by Garin-Hart-Yang between Jan 8 and 13 that had McGrath at 40 percent and McConnell at 43 percent. Margin of error is 3.5 percent. pic.twitter.com/JBIsyOft6a
— Daniel Desrochers (@drdesrochers) February 24, 2020
TheHill reports Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Democratic opponent Amy McGrath outraised the longtime Republican senator in the first quarter of 2020 as Kentucky’s Senate race emerges as one of the most expensive battles of the election cycle.
McGrath, who has received a litany of endorsements from national Democratic figures, reported raising $12.8 million in the first three months of 2020 and ended the period with $14.7 million cash on hand. McConnell hauled in $7.5 million and finished the first quarter of the year with $14.9 million in the bank in his bid for a seventh Senate term.
Both contenders leaned heavily on small-dollar donors — the average donation to McGrath amounted to $37, and the average contribution to McConnell totaled $33.
McGrath’s haul is a gargantuan total for any Senate candidate, particularly a nonincumbent, and follows several other strong quarters. Though the Kentucky Democrat still has to win a primary race against state Rep. Charles Booker and Lincoln county farmer Mike Broihier, she is still the heavy favorite to win the Democratic nomination and face off against McConnell in November.
“What our numbers show is that voters are fed up with Mitch McConnell continually putting corporate handouts ahead of working people,” the McGrath campaign said in a statement. “After 35 years of Mitch McConnell putting partisan politics and special interests ahead of doing what’s right for the country, working Americans don’t trust his leadership and are demanding new leaders like Amy McGrath who they know will have their back.”
McGrath, a retired Marine Corps fighter pilot, gained national prominence in 2018 after she narrowly lost a challenge against Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) in a GOP-leaning House district.