Democratic challenger to McConnell raises $2.5 million on first day of campaign


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Amy McGrath, a Democratic challenger for Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham open to investigating Acosta-Epstein plea deal Gabbard defends Biden as Harris defends non-mandatory bussing Kentucky Democrat announces challenge to McConnell MORE‘s (R-Ky.) Senate seat in 2020, raised $2.5 million on the first day of her campaign.

McGrath’s campaign told NBC News that more than $1 million came in in the first five and a half hours after the campaign launched on Tuesday.

McGrath campaign manager Mark Nickolas told NBC News that the $2.5 million haul came from online donations, with the average contribution being $36.15. 

Nickolas said that the amount raised was the largest for the first 24-hours of a Senate campaign. 

McGrath, who previously lost a Congressional a bid, announced her candidacy for the Senate in a three-minute campaign video. 

She was one of the most closely-watched Democratic House contenders in the 2018 midterms, narrowly losing her race to incumbent Rep. Andy Barr (R) in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District.

The fundraising haul comes on the heels of a series of strong second-quarter fundraising numbers from Democrats looking to unseat incumbent Senate Republicans. 

Sen. Susan Collins‘s (R) challenger, state Speaker Sara Gideon (D), raised more than $1 million in the first week of her campaign, while Sen. Lindsey Graham‘s Democratic challenger, Jaime Harrison brought in $1.5 million since launching his campaign just a month ago. 

Democrat Mark Kelly, who is running to unseat Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyMark Kelly raised .2M for Arizona Senate bid The Hill’s Campaign Report: Debate puts Biden on the defensive Senate sets new voting record with Iran war measure MORE (R-Ariz.) raised $4.2 million in the second quarter, outpacing his first-quarter haul. 

McConnell is set on maintaining his party’s control of the chamber, in which they have a 53-47 majority.

He won easily won reelection to his sixth term in 2014 by nearly 16 points.

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