Mark Kelly announces quarterly take of $12.8M for Senate race

Jul 15, 2020, 11:35 AM | Updated: Jul 17, 2020, 10:42 am

Mark Kelly...

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly in the KTAR News studio in 2019. (KTAR News File Photo/Matt Bertram)

(KTAR News File Photo/Matt Bertram)

PHOENIX – Arizona fundraising juggernaut Mark Kelly announced a second-quarter haul of nearly $12.8 million for his bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, whose April-June numbers are pending.

The likely Democratic candidate’s campaign said Tuesday it had nearly $24 million cash on hand through June after its best fundraising quarter and with four months to go until the general election.

(UPDATE: Later in the week, McSally reported a second-quarter take of about $9.2 million with just under $11 million cash on hand.)

Kelly’s campaign said 89% of its second-quarter contributions were for less than $100, and the average was about $44.

“We continue to be humbled by the hundreds of thousands of people chipping in whatever they can, because they want to see Mark Kelly’s experience and independent approach representing Arizonans — defending health care protections for those with pre-existing conditions and fighting for our state in the U.S. Senate,” Jen Cox, Kelly’s campaign manager, said in a press release.

Kelly has raised $44 million through June during this election cycle.

The Federal Elections Commission website is only updated through the first quarter of this year for Arizona’s Senate race. It has the most recent known fundraising data for McSally’s campaign.

According to the site, McSally raised about $6.4 million in the first quarter for a total of just under $19 million, and she had $10.3 million in cash on hand.

The FEC site showed Kelly with a first-quarter haul of $11 million for a total of more than $31 million, with $19.7 million in cash on hand.

Kelly, a former astronaut, has been leading McSally, a former Air Force pilot, in the polls, as well. OH Predictive Insights, a Phoenix research firm that’s been tracking the race, released polling this week showing Kelly up by 9 percentage points, although that was down from 13 points from May.

Democrats are targeting McSally’s seat, which was formerly held by the late John McCain, as a key prize in their attempt to take control of the Senate.

The Nov. 3 election is for the remainder of McCain’s term, which runs through 2022.

McSally was appointed to the seat by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey in December 2018, a month after McSally lost the race for Arizona’s other Senate seat to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

Kelly isn’t facing any serious challenges in the Aug. 4 primary election, but conservative Valley businessman Daniel McCarthy is campaigning to replace McSally as the GOP candidate.

Early mail-in voting for the Arizona primary began July 8.

July 24 is the last day voters who aren’t on the permanent early voting list can request a mail-in ballot.

Mail-in ballots must be received at county elections offices by 7 p.m. on Election Day. July 29 is recommended as the latest day to get ballots in the mail.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Colorado River settlement center of new Navajo Nation push...

Associated Press

Tribes say their future is at stake as they push for Congress to consider Colorado River settlement

Navajo officials are celebrating the signing of legislation outlining a proposed Colorado River settlement that would ensure water rights.

2 hours ago

Man indicted for organized retail theft, allegedly stole 31 times...

Serena O'Sullivan

Phoenix man accused of stealing from same retail store 31 times

A Phoenix man allegedly stole goods worth $7,000 from a single store over two years. He's been indicted for organized retail theft.

3 hours ago

The OFFSTREET Fesitval Arts & Crafts Show will return to Prescott, Ariz. for Memorial Day weekend. ...

Damon Allred

OFFSTREET Festival Arts & Crafts Show returns to Prescott for Memorial Day weekend

The OFFSTREET Festival Arts & Crafts Show is returning to Pine Ridge Marketplace in Prescott for a cultural showcase over the weekend.

4 hours ago

Two coyotes were euthanized following their capture in Scottsdale on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, after...

2 coyotes euthanized after man walking his dog attacked in Scottsdale

Two coyotes were euthanized following their capture in Scottsdale on Wednesday after a man walking his dog was attacked.

6 hours ago

Wildcat Fire is 64% contained as of Friday...

Serena O'Sullivan

Firefighters gain more containment on Wildcat Fire burning north of Phoenix

The Wildcat Fire is 64% contained as of 12:30 p.m. on May 24, 2024, according to the Arizona Central West Zone. The fire started on Saturday.

7 hours ago

Speaker Ben Toma believes the Arizona House has the votes to pass the Secure the Border Act, which ...

Speaker believes Arizona House has enough votes to pass Secure the Border Act, send to ballot

Speaker Ben Toma believes the Arizona House has the votes to pass the Secure the Border Act, which would send the controversial measure to the ballot in November.

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.


Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines can get you smoothly from Phoenix to Frankfurt on new A330-900neo airplane

Adventure Awaits! And there's no better way to experience the vacation of your dreams than traveling with Condor Airlines.


Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

Mark Kelly announces quarterly take of $12.8M for Senate race