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 PetersPoll: Biden has small lead over Trump in Michigan Some Democrats growing antsy as Senate talks drag on Hillicon Valley: Twitter targets coronavirus misinformation | Facebook bans sanitizer, virus test ads to prevent price gouging | DHS defines critical jobs during outbreak | Remote working apps surge 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 TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools 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.