U.S. Sen. Tim Scott raised $9.6 million within the final three months, an eyebrow-raising fundraising determine that positions South Carolina’s junior senator as one of many top-raising Senate candidates forward of the 2022 midterm elections.
The fundraising haul underscore’s Scott’s rise as a nationwide determine within the Republican Celebration, years after former Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Scott to the seat in 2012 when former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint left to run the conservative Heritage Basis.
Scott’s marketing campaign mentioned the large haul was raised by greater than 91,000 donors. He ended the second quarter with greater than $14.5 million money within the financial institution, his marketing campaign mentioned.
“South Carolina is able to reelect Tim Scott and we’re pleased with the record-breaking help we’ve acquired so early within the cycle,” mentioned Sam Oh, Tim Scott for Senate guide, in a fundraising assertion earlier this week.
Scott’s two Democratic challengers — state Rep. Krystle Matthews, D-Berkeley, and Angela Geter, chairwoman of the Spartanburg County Democratic Celebration — have but to file their reviews. Thursday is the deadline.
Scott is seen as the favourite to win reelection in 2022 — what will probably be his last race, Scott has mentioned.
The 55-year-old North Charleston Republican launched his reelection marketing campaign in June with a slew of video prepared endorsements, together with from Haley and former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — each seen as attainable 2024 presidential candidates.
Scott has remained quiet on his 2024 plans however is seen as a possible hopeful, telling reporters he’s centered on his 2022 race.
However ought to he make that leap, political observers word the resume he’s constructed over his political tenure.
Scott, who briefly represented South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, was appointed in 2012 by Haley, then received a 2014 particular election for Senate, changing into the primary African American candidate elected to the chamber from a Southern state since Reconstruction.
He’s the chamber’s solely Black Republican senator and has spoken usually about his expertise as a Black man rising up in North Charleston and coping with police.
As senator, Scott has helped spearhead so-called Alternative Zone laws to deal with economically-challenged communities, and most not too long ago, he’s helped lead police reform efforts in Washington with Democrats U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and U.S. Rep. Karen Bass.
Final yr, Scott was certainly one of many who addressed the Republican Nationwide Conference, and in April he gave the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union speech.
On Thursday, Haley, who heads the Stand for America PAC, gave one more, extra official endorsement for Scott’s reelection, adopted up by a fundraising request.
“Whereas D.C. Democrats play id politics, Tim Scott is concentrated on options. From alternative zones to police reform that helps regulation enforcement, he’s ensuring everybody has entry to the American dream,” Haley mentioned in a press release. “I’m proud to endorse my buddy Tim as a result of he’s confirmed he won’t ever allow us to down.”
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