Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign for U.S. Senate is boasting about its fundraising efforts in the three weeks since Scott entered the race and it has every reason to do so. The Scott campaign says in those first three weeks it has raised $3.2.
That figure matches what Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson raised in the first three months of this year.
“It is clear that Americans are ready to see a change in Washington,” said Scott. “I appreciate the support of everyone who has helped us reach this incredible announcement today, but this is just the start. I look forward to continuing to tell Floridians why we need to get rid of the career politicians and make Washington work for us.”
The Scott campaign says what makes the numbers more impressive is that more than $3 million of the total raised is made up of individual contributions and does not include any money from Scott’s personal wealth.
“We have seen an unmatched outpouring of support from across the entire state for Governor Rick Scott’s Senate campaign, and this is only the beginning,” said Darlene Jordan, Florida finance chairwoman. “Every dollar raised gets us closer to electing a results-driven leader who will shake up Washington, D.C. We are thankful to everyone who has helped kick off this campaign, and we look forward to continuing to build on this momentum and accomplishment.”
While the money raised during the past few weeks doesn’t include any contributions from his personal accounts, its expected that Scott will eventually use some of his own money to fund his campaign. Scott has told supporters he needs to raise $110 million to wage an effective campaign in a Senate race that could be one of the most expensive in U.S. history.
“This fundraising triumph makes it clear that the excitement of sending a leader like Governor Rick Scott to D.C. can be felt all across the country,” said Thomas Hicks, the Scott campaign’s national finance chairman. “We are grateful to all those who have contributed so far, and we will continue to fight each day to keep this momentum going and get Governor Scott to the U.S. Senate.”
Scott announced he was officially entering the race April 9 after months of speculation that he would do so. He’s leaving office after eight years as the result of term limits. Nelson is seeking his fourth term in the U.S. Senate. Scott has made term limits for Congress a key issue in his Senate campaign.
The race is one of 10 Senate seats held by Democrats in states that voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. Democrats will have to successfully defend those seats if they stand any hope of taking control of the Senate in November.
A poll taken in the days following Scott’s announcement showed Nelson holding a six-point lead. Other polls have shown the margin between the two candidates to be much closer.