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Democratic Senate challengers shatter money records, boosting their hopes of flipping chamber from Republicans

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

At least eight Democratic challengers have announced fundraising totals that top $20 million during the third quarter.

(CNN)Democratic challengers from Arizona to South Carolina have raised tens of millions of dollars in their battle to win control of the US Senate -- as an energized liberal base sends gushers of cash to Democrats up and down the ballot ahead of Election Day. Democrat Mark Kelly, a former astronaut and first-time candidate seeking to oust Republican Sen. Martha McSally in Arizona, raised more than $38. 7 million in the July-to-September fundraising quarter, his campaign announced Thursday.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat trying to knock off first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines, took in nearly $27 million, which his campaign said topped state records.

His haul is more than twice the $28 million raised by his opponent, three-term Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who finds himself a target of Democratic ire and dollars, as one of President Donald Trump's staunchest defenders in the Senate.

She's trying to topple Republican Sen. Joni Ernst. Former two-term Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has raised $22. 6 million in his race against Republican Sen. Cory Gardner. North Carolina's Cal Cunningham, who raised $28. 3 million against Republican Sen. Thom Tillis. Georgia candidate Jon Ossoff, who announced a $21. 3 million haul in the race against Republican Sen. David Perdue. Kansas state Sen. Barbara Bollier, whose campaign said she had broke the three-month fundraising record for any candidate in the state by bringing in nearly $13. 5 million for the quarter.

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