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Warnock raises almost $3M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter

Warnock raises almost $3M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter
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The Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockRepublicans plan voting overhauls after Biden's win Refreshing the tree of liberty Limbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration MORE (D) raised more than $2.85 million in the second quarter in the Georgia Senate race, though he will likely face an uphill climb to outraise incumbent Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLimbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration Suburbs pose challenge for GOP in post-Trump era Democrats swear in three senators to gain majority MORE (R).

Warnock’s campaign announced Thursday it has raised more than $4.3 million for the entire 2020 cycle and doubled its first-quarter haul after a series of high-profile endorsements from lawmakers such as Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTim Ryan says he's 'looking seriously' at running for Portman's Senate seat Leahy, not Roberts, to preside over impeachment trial Skepticism reigns as Biden, McConnell begin new era MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisInaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models Overnight Defense: Biden lifts Trump's transgender military ban | Democrats, advocates celebrate end of ban | 5,000 guardsmen staying in DC through mid-March The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP senator retires MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. John LewisJohn LewisThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' Harris now 'the most influential woman' in American politics Georgia Democrat introduces bill to bar Trump from Capitol after term ends MORE (D-Ga.). 

“Our strong fundraising shows that Georgians are looking for real change and above all else, an authentic voice in Washington,” said Warnock. “Folks want to know someone is looking out for them, their health care, their children’s futures, and their rights. We are in the fight for the soul of our nation's democracy, but I’m encouraged that our message is resonating. It will be a tough fight, but with the support we’re seeing, it is one that we can win.”

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Warnock is running against Loeffler, Republican Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsDrudge congratulates Warnock, says Ann Coulter should have been GOP candidate Warnock defeats Loeffler in Georgia Senate runoff Warnock says he needs to win 'by comfortable margin' because 'funny things go on' MORE and Democrats Matt Lieberman and former state Sen. Ed Tarver, among others, in a jungle primary this year. Should no candidate break 50 percent, the state will hold a runoff early next year for the top two vote-getters.

Warnock, who has the backing of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, raised eyebrows when he outraised both Loeffler and Collins in the first quarter. A recent poll by the left-leaning firm Public Policy Polling also showed him within striking distance of both Loeffler and Collins.

However, he will likely face a huge challenge in outraising Loeffler, who is independently wealthy and reportedly plans to spend $20 million of her personal fortune on her Senate bid.

Loeffler was appointed to her seat, which was vacated when former Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLoeffler concedes to Warnock Hawley to still object to Pennsylvania after Capitol breached Hillary Clinton trolls McConnell: 'Senate Minority Leader' MORE (R) retired last year, by Gov. Brian Kemp (R) over the objections from some allies of President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE who urged him to tap Collins. This year’s race will determine who will finish Isakson’s term, which expires in early 2023.