Republican challenger to Gary Peters in Michigan raises over $3 million

Republican challenger to Gary Peters in Michigan raises over $3 million
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Michigan Republican candidate John James announced Tuesday he raised more than $3 million in the third quarter as he looks to challenge Sen. Gary PetersGary Charles PetersHillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to 'look at' Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills Senators grill safety regulator over self-driving cars Democrats raise privacy concerns over Amazon home security system MORE (D-Mich.) next year.

James said in a statement he raised $3.09 million, with donations coming from roughly 30,000 donors. The candidate also said that 92 percent of contributions were for $100 or less, with an average donation of $83.24.

Meanwhile, Peters announced raising $2.5 million in the third quarter though it also reported more than $6.3 million cash on hand. The senator's campaign said that 92 percent of all donations were $100 or less.

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James is making a second attempt at the Senate after falling 6.5 points short of defeating Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowOvernight Energy: EPA delays board's review of 'secret science' rules | Keystone pipeline spill affecting more land than thought | Dems seek probe into Forest Service grants tied to Alaska logging Democrats ask for investigation of Forest Service grant related to logging in Tongass National Forest Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda MORE (D-Mich.) last year. 

“I am grateful to my nearly 30,000 low-dollar supporters who have given so generously!” said James. “I think that our strong low-dollar fundraising this quarter shows that Michiganders are excited to see a bit of light and compassion infused into this very dark and divisive political environment. Action and authenticity are resonating!”

James, a 37-year-old Army veteran and businessman, last year won the most votes of any Republican at the top of the ticket in Michigan in the last decade, according to The Detroit News.

The Michigan Republican is known to be well-liked by President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE, who has called him a “rising star.” James is also reported to have been considered by the White House to become United Nations ambassador earlier this year. 

The GOP is keen to try to unseat Peters after Trump’s surprise victory in the Wolverine State in 2016. Peters, a one-term incumbent who served for a decade in the U.S. Navy Reserve, is one of two Senate Democrats running for reelection in states Trump won in 2016.

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the Michigan Senate race as “Likely” Democratic.