JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill just broke an off-year third-quarter fundraising record for a candidate in a U.S. Senate race. In the previous three months, her office reports she raised over $2.9 million from over 30,000 donors, 88 percent of which were less than $100.
The two-term Senator has been touring parts of rural Missouri – which overwhelmingly voted for Trump. She faces a tough race as a Senate Democrat and especially potentially against Josh Hawley – who won more Missouri votes than Trump did.
However, her office feels encouraged by her fundraising success, pointing to the success of how many people have donated small amounts to her campaign. On her website, she points to Missourians who have praised her willingness to campaign in rural districts and her urges for bipartisanship.
“Missourians know that Claire fights for them — and they’ve demonstrated time and again that they support sending her back to the U.S. Senate to continue to break through gridlock and get things done,” said Erika Brees, McCaskill for Missouri Finance Director. “This historic quarter underscores the value that Missourians place in having a Senator like Claire who shows up in every corner of the state to listen to their concerns, so she can better represent them in Washington.”
Her office is proud of her fundraising success and touts significant numbers from her first and second quarter numbers in 2017. So far, over 90,000 people have contributed to her re-election campaign and she has more than $7.1 million on hand. Current AG Josh Hawley entered the U.S. Senate on Monday and has $782,000 on hand.
Michael Layer is a reporter for the Missouri Times and the Missouri Times Magazine. He joined the Missouri Times in August 2017 after graduating from Goucher College the previous May. To contact Michael, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @_MichaelLayer