Republican challenger outraises Peters by $1 million in Q4

Republican challenger outraises Peters by $1 million in Q4
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John James, the Republican challenger to Michigan Sen. Gary PetersGary Charles PetersTop Democrats say postmaster confirmed changes to mail service amid delays The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D), outraised the incumbent senator by $1 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.

James raised $3.5 million in the final three months of 2019, compared with $2.5 million for Peters, who is finishing his first term in the Senate, according to statements from each campaign.

The fourth quarter marks the second straight trimester in which James outraised Peters. James hauled in more than $3 million in the third quarter, while Peters raised $2.5 million from July through September. 

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But Peters has still outraised James overall so far in the campaign cycle, garnering $9.3 million, compared with $8 million raised by the Republican challenger since entering the race in June.

Republicans are keen to unseat Peters after President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE narrowly won the Wolverine State in 2016.

Trump has called James a “rising star” and even briefly considered him to become United Nations ambassador last year.

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