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 Warnock (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 LoefflerMatt Lieberman faces calls to drop out of Georgia Senate race over 'racist and discriminatory' tropes in 2018 book The Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  Sabato's Crystal Ball shifts Iowa Senate race to 'toss-up,' Georgia toward GOP 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 WarrenBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. John LewisJohn LewisBill Maher delivers mock eulogy for Trump Hillary Clinton touts student suspended over crowded hallway photo: 'John Lewis would be proud' Maxine Waters expresses confidence Biden will pick Black woman as VP 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 CollinsMatt Lieberman faces calls to drop out of Georgia Senate race over 'racist and discriminatory' tropes in 2018 book Sabato's Crystal Ball shifts Iowa Senate race to 'toss-up,' Georgia toward GOP Loeffler knocks WNBA players for wearing shirts backing Democratic challenger 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 IsaksonMatt Lieberman faces calls to drop out of Georgia Senate race over 'racist and discriminatory' tropes in 2018 book Sabato's Crystal Ball shifts Iowa Senate race to 'toss-up,' Georgia toward GOP WNBA players wear 'Vote Warnock' shirts in support of Loeffler Democratic challenger MORE (R) retired last year, by Gov. Brian Kemp (R) over the objections from some allies of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE who urged him to tap Collins. This year’s race will determine who will finish Isakson’s term, which expires in early 2023.