Rubio, Demings rake in cash as Florida Senate race heats up

Rubio, Demings rake in cash as Florida Senate race heats up
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Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioMilley says calls to China were 'perfectly within the duties' of his job Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE (R) and Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDemocratic donors hesitant on wading into Florida midterm fights Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms First polls show mixed picture on Rubio-Demings race MORE (D) both made major fundraising hauls in the second quarter as she seeks to unseat him in next year's midterms, according to their campaigns. 

Demings's campaign said Thursday that she raised more $4.6 million during the period, while Rubio's campaign said he brought in $4 million. Fox News was the first to report on Rubio's haul. 

Rubio's campaign did not provide a breakdown of his latest fundraising, but Demings's said she raised more than $2.9 million in the 21 days following her launch, drawing from 113,000 grassroots donors. The average donation was $26. 

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The news comes nearly a month after Demings's campaign announced she raised $1 million a day after she launched her challenge to Rubio.

The congresswoman's campaign currently has more than $3 million cash-on-hand. The incumbent senator had nearly $4 million cash on hand at the end of March. 

The latest fundraising numbers are another indicator of how expensive the Sunshine State's Senate race will be. Florida boasts 10 media markets and the third-largest state population in the country.

Demings faces a formidable opponent in Rubio, who won reelection in 2016 with 52 percent of the vote.

Florida is emerging as one of the most consequential states in the 2022 battle for the Senate. Former President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE won the state in 2016 and 2020, and Republicans flipped two House seats in south Florida in 2020.

Florida Democrats also experienced defeats in 2018 when Sen. Rick Scott (R) ousted incumbent Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonHow will Biden's Afghanistan debacle impact NASA's Artemis return to the moon? Biden to talk Russia, anti-corruption with Ukraine's president Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos wages lawfare on NASA and SpaceX MORE (D) and Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisCalifornia dreaming did not become reality for Republicans Florida landlord requiring proof of vaccinations from tenants Anthrax was the COVID-19 of 2001 MORE (R) won the governor's mansion. 

The Cook Political Report rates the 2022 Senate race as "likely Republican."