Sen. Marco Rubio has started to build an impressive campaign fund as he gathers resources for what might be a bruising campaign for his reelection in the 2022 midterms.
The Republican senator managed to haul in $6 million during the third quarter of fundraising from July to September, per the numbers shared on Wednesday with Fox News.
Rubio’s fundraising efforts in the last three months saw an increase from the $4 million he managed to gather in the second quarter. This brings his total raised funds to $12 million so far this year, all for his 2022 reelection campaign.
The senator was first elected to the Senate in 2010, and he managed to grab national attention when he was unsuccessful in his 2016 GOP presidential nomination campaign.
At the beginning of October, the senator reportedly managed to haul in an impressive $9.6 million cash on hand for his campaign coffers.
According to his campaign, Rubio’s haul for the third quarter is almost twice as much as what any other GOP senator in their reelection bid has raised during the same quarter in 2019, which is the comparable quarter for the 2020 elections.
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Currently, Rep. Val Demings of Florida, Orlando’s first female police chief before going into politics, is the leading candidate from the Democratic party who plans on challenging Rubio in the 2022 election. Demings has yet to reveal her earnings for the third quarter. However, she managed to gather $4.6 million during her campaign’s first three weeks – from its start in early June until the end of the second quarter.
Florida’s battle for the Senate will take place in a state where 22 million people live, all dispersed over 10 media markets.
According to Michael McDonald, a political science professor from the University of Florida, both parties will heavily invest their resources in the said state. He added that it could be “one of the most expensive U.S. Senate races in history,” given the way it’s going and how the amount of money going into their campaigns has been increasing.
In 2016, Rubio’s campaign and outside spending saw a total price tag of almost $110 million, which is considered to be a large sum at the time. Rubio went against then-Democratic Rep. Patric Murphy during that election year.