Kelly continues to dominate McSally in U.S. Senate race fundraising

A supporter holds a campaign sign at Mark Kelly's campaign launch event on Feb. 24, 2019, in Phoenix. Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Presumptive Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Mark Kelly continues to be a fundraising juggernaut, raising more than incumbent Republican Sen. Martha McSally for the third straight quarter and bringing his total raised to almost $14 million.

Kelly’s campaign announced Monday that the retired NASA astronaut and former U.S. Navy fighter pilot had raised more than $5.5 million in the third quarter of the year. After accounting for the campaign’s spending, Kelly has roughly $9.5 million in cash on hand.

His opponent, McSally, raised $3 million during the third quarter. Overall, she has raised about $8.5 million and has $5.6 million remaining, though $1 million of that was left over from her 2018 campaign.

While representing a Tucson district in the U.S. House, McSally earned a reputation as a prodigious fundraiser, raising millions of dollars more than both her opponents and other members of the Arizona delegation. 

McSally was appointed to the Senate in January to fill the seat that the late John McCain was elected to in 2014. McSally replaced Jon Kyl, who temporarily filled the seat after McCain’s death in August 2018.

Gov. Doug Ducey named McSally to the post after voters narrowly rejected her as a senator, instead choosing Democrat Kyrsten Sinema. During the 2018 campaign, McSally raised nearly $22 million

Jim Small
Jim Small is a native Arizonan and has covered state government, policy and politics since 2004, with a focus on investigative and in-depth policy reporting, first as a reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times, then as editor of the paper and its prestigious sister publications, the Yellow Sheet Report and Arizona Legislative Report. Under his guidance, the Capitol Times won numerous state, regional and national awards for its accountability journalism and probing investigations into state government operations.


  1. Given the current focus concerning WHERE campaigns are acquiring their funds, how is it that not even a one liner regarding what is arguably as important as how much money they are vacuuming up? Without that context, this is just another horse-race fluff piece.


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