Wisconsin Rep. Gallagher raises nearly $625K amid Senate speculation

Wisconsin Rep. Gallagher raises nearly $625K amid Senate speculation
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Wisconsin Rep. Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Tech groups take aim at Texas Republican lawmakers raise security, privacy concerns over Huawei cloud services Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Afghan evacuation still frustrates MORE (R) raised nearly $625,000 in the second quarter amid speculation he could run for Senate in 2022, according to numbers first released to The Hill on Monday. 

Gallagher's campaign told The Hill his campaign raised $304,000 and his joint fundraising committee raised $315,000 during the period. 

The congressman's latest haul follows his first-quarter fundraising haul of $830,000, bringing his six-month fundraising total to nearly $1.5 million. Gallagher has $2.3 million on hand, according to his campaign. 

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While the congressman's 8th Congressional District is considered safely Republican, he has been floated as a potential Senate contender if Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Liberal group launches campaign urging Republicans to support Biden's agenda Domestic extremists return to the Capitol MORE (R-Wis.) decides not to run for reelection in 2022. Johnson has not yet made an announcement on whether he will run again. 

In addition to Gallagher, former Rep. Sean DuffySean DuffyFirst lady's press secretary calls on Rachel Campos Duffy, Fox News to apologize for host's comments Wisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans Ron Johnson: 'I may not be the best candidate' for 2022 midterms MORE (Wis.) and former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch have been floated as possible Republican contenders. 

Several Democrats have filed to run in the race, including state Sen. Chris Larson (D), State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson, Milwaukee Bucks executive Alex Lasry, radiologist Gillian Battino, businessman Adam Murphy and attorney Peter Peckarsky. 

Wisconsin stands to be a consequential state in the battle for control of the upper chamber next year. President BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE narrowly won the state against then-President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE in 2020 after Trump flipped it in 2016.

The Cook Political Report rates the seat as "lean Republican."