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Demings’s Senate campaign raises over $12 million in second quarter

Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) announced that her Senate campaign raised over $12.2 million in the second quarter of the year on Tuesday. 

The massive haul leaves the Democratic Senate candidate with $12.5 million in the bank. Demings’s campaign has raised over $41.9 million to date. 

Demings’s campaign touted what it said was its grassroots strength, saying its average donation during the second quarter was under $30. 

Incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has yet to release his campaign’s second-quarter numbers, but the Sunshine State’s Senate race is gearing up to be one of the most expensive in the country. Last quarter, Demings raised over $10 million, while Rubio raked in $5.8 million. 

Despite having a fundraising lead over Rubio for now, challenging Rubio in the red-leaning state will still be an uphill battle for Demings.

Republicans have seen a number of election wins in Florida in recent years and Rubio has built a high profile for himself nationally.

Still, Demings, the former Orlando Police Department chief, has become a well-known figure in her own right, serving as an impeachment manager in former President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. She was also floated as a potential 2020 running mate for President Biden. 

Rubio leads in most public polls, according to FiveThirtyEight. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the race as “lean Republican.”

Tags 2022 midterm elections Donald Trump Florida Joe Biden Marco Rubio Marco Rubio Val Demings

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