Kelly raises $20 million, McSally $12 million in 2019 for Senate race




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    Sen. Martha McSally raised more than $12 million in 2019, more than any of her colleagues in the U.S Senate, but that wasn’t enough to outpace her presumptive Democratic opponent Mark Kelly in one of the most hotly contested 2020 Senate races in the country. 

    McSally’s campaign announced that she raised more than $4 million in the final quarter of 2019 and has $7.6 million on hand. 

    But Kelly continued to outraise her, as he did in every quarter of 2019, raising nearly $6.3 million. 

    That brings his yearly total to more than $20.2 million raised, with more than $13.6 million in the bank, according to his campaign. 

    Kelly’s campaign said that his average contribution over the year was $43, with more than 200,000 individuals contributing to his campaign. Meanwhile, McSally’s campaign said that she received an average of $65.34 from 53,800 contributions. 

    Recent polls suggest that the outcome of the election will be tough to predict, as both candidates are in a statistical tie.

    Gov. Doug Ducey appointed McSally to the Senate last year to replace Sen. Jon Kyl in the seat that belonged to the late John McCain. It will be her second Senate bid in two years, after losing to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in the 2018 elections. 

    Kelly is a former astronaut and is the co-founder of Giffords, a advocacy and research organization focused on gun violence prevention. He is the husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who resigned in 2012 after being shot during a 2011 assassination attempt.

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    Wissam Melhem is a journalism and political science senior at Arizona State University. He was a Washington, D.C., correspondent for Cronkite News at Arizona PBS and a political reporter for State Press. He hopes to one day have a career covering national elections and the U.S Congress.