Hotline's Q3 Senate Fundraising Chart

Nine senators were outraised thanks often to challengers' self-funding.

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Zach C. Cohen
Oct. 16, 2018, 10:33 a.m.

Democrats outraised Republicans in 12 of 17 races defined as anything other than solid Democrat or Republican by the Cook Political Report. Below are the important top lines for the period, which spanned from July 1 to Sept. 30:

Eight challengers outraised incumbents, often with the help of significant self-funding. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Dean Heller (R-NV), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Ben Cardin (D-MD), in order by disparity, raised less than one of their opponents: pharmaceutical executive Bob Hugin (R-NJ), Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL), Reps. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) and Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Army veteran John James (R-MI), former Indiana state Rep. Mike Braun (R), Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould (D), West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R), and philanthropist Neal Simon (I-MD).

Cruz and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) also trailed O’Rourke and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (R), respectively, in cash on hand as of Sept. 30.

In open-seat races, Democrats raised more than Republicans in Arizona and Tennessee while Mitt Romney outraised Salt Lake City Councilwoman Jenny Wilson in the race to replace retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

Check out our full chart below, organized by the state’s likelihood to flip according to the Cook Political Report. A state highlighted in yellow indicates an outraised incumbent. Three asterisks indicates a challenger had more in cash on hand than the incumbent.

Correction: This post was updated Oct. 19 to reflect the number of Democrats or challengers to incumbents who outraised their opponents.


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