Mark Kelly's campaign raises over $1M in days after launching Senate bid

The Senate campaign for retired astronaut Mark Kelly has raised more than $1 million since he announced his candidacy on Tuesday, according to The Arizona Republic.

Rodd McLeod, Kelly's campaign spokesman, told the newspaper that it raised $1.1 million by the end of Wednesday.


Kelly, who turned to politics after his wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) survived an assassination attempt, said that it raised about $604,000 in the first 24 hours.

"A huge thank you to everyone who saw our launch and joined our team yesterday. I'm new to this but I'm told we did well," he said on Twitter.

"We're without a DIME of corporate PAC money," he added.

The Republic noted that Kelly's funding haul is on pace with some presidential candidates. For example, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris wants Barr to testify on Mueller report as 2020 Dems call for its release MORE (D-Minn.) raised about $1 million in the 48 hours after she launched her 2020 campaign to challenge President TrumpDonald John TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report MORE

Kelly announced his bid to challenge Republican Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyArpaio's wife recovering after rattlesnake bite in Arizona Former astronaut running for Senate in Arizona returns money from paid speech in UAE The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game MORE (R-Ariz.) in a video posted on Twitter on Tuesday. Kelly, who has spent more than 54 days in space across three NASA missions, said he would work ensure affordable health care and wage growth as a representative of Arizona. 

“Partisanship and polarization and gerrymandering and corporate money have ruined our politics, and it’s divided us,” Kelly said. “We’ve seen this retreat from science and data and facts, and if we don’t take these issues seriously, we can’t solve these problems.”

Kelly is so far the only Democrat to launch a campaign against McSally in the 2020 special election. She was appointed to fill the remainder of the late Sen. John McCain’s (R) term after McCain’s first replacement, Jon Kyl, stepped down at the end of last year. 

McSally came into her Senate position after losing to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) in November's midterm election.