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Kari Lake Tops $4 Million In First Fundraising Quarter Of 2024

Arizona Republican Kari Lake raised $4.1 million in the first three months of the year, lagging behind her Democratic opponent for the state’s Senate seat, Axios has learned.
FILE - Kari Lake speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference, March 4, 2023, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. Lake, an ally of Donald Trump who has refused to acknowledge her loss in last year’s race for Arizona governor, is running for U.S. Senate. A senior adviser says Lake will formally launch her campaign on Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Alex Brando, File)

Former newscaster and 2022 Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is having a great deal of success raising funds for her campaign to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) in the fall election.

According to her campaign, Lake brought in $4.1 million during the first quarter of this year, which “is roughly twice as much as she raised in 2023’s last fundraising quarter,” The Daily Caller reported, adding that she now has around $2.5 million in cash on hand.

The Democratic candidate, Ruben Gallego, raised $7.5 million in the first quarter and has $9.6 million in the bank, surpassing his Republican opponent, the outlet noted further.

Arizona Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake speaks with reporters after leaving the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last month. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Getty Images

“Kari Lake doubled her fundraising haul from last quarter. She is seeing strong from grassroots donors and Arizona donors,” a Lake campaign spokesperson noted in a statement. “Gallego is Far-Left, and out of step with Arizonans. Just like President Trump, Kari is performing strong in Arizona and will win in November.”

Lake’s campaign generated $1.3 million through 40,000 contributions, which came from approximately 22,000 individual donors. The donations were mostly small dollar amounts, with 99% of them under $200. The campaign was able to collect contributions from all 50 states in the US, as well as from Guam, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.

She raised $330,000 in a fundraiser that took place on March 6 in Washington, D.C., the day after independent Sinema announced that she would not run for office again. Gallego’s campaign reported that it managed to gather $1 million in the 24 hours following Sinema’s announcement.

During the fundraising period, Lake received support from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), along with endorsements from several GOP Senators, including Tommy Tuberville from Alabama, Josh Hawley from Missouri, J.D. Vance from Ohio, Rand Paul from Kentucky, Markwayne Mullin from Oklahoma, and Cynthia Lummis from Wyoming.

In the last quarter of 2023, Lake’s campaign successfully raised $2.1 million, starting the election year with a little over $1 million available for campaign activities, as per the Federal Election Commission’s records. In comparison, Gallego’s campaign managed to raise $3.3 million during the same timeframe and had $6.5 million ready for use, the Caller noted.

According to a survey conducted by the Bullfinch Group on Friday, Lake and Gallego are tied at 41 percent, while an additional 10 percent supported an unnamed independent candidate. On March 20, an Emerson College poll showed that Gallego had a four-point lead, with 16% of voters remaining undecided.

The Cook Political Report characterizes the race for Sinema’s seat as a “Toss Up” for 2024, along with Senate races in Montana, Nevada and Ohio, the Caller reported.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has also come out in support of Lake.

“Kari has proven that she will always prioritize the security and well-being of Arizonans and the American people and will not back down from a fight. I am proud to endorse her for the U.S. Senate today,” Cruz said in a statement shared with the Daily Mail in March.

Cruz praised Lake’s firm stance on immigration and border security in his endorsement, stating that the state, which has seen a significant increase in unauthorized border crossings, needs a capable leader.

“Border states have been on the frontlines of Joe Biden’s open border crisis for over three years, which is why we need a leader in Arizona who is not afraid to stand up and join the fight for a secure border,” Cruz said.

Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), another stalwart of the conservative movement, endorsed Lake back in February.

“I’m honored to endorse my friend Kari Lake to be Arizona’s next U.S. Senator. Kari is a strong, principled conservative, who knows and loves the people of Arizona and will make them proud as their elected representative,” he said in a statement.

“Kari is fearless, she doesn’t back down, and she will fight tirelessly to secure our border and make our country safe and prosperous. The stakes could not be higher and it is now more important than ever that we retake the Republican majority and get our country back on the right track for all working American families and citizens,” he added.

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