Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTim Scott takes in .3 million in third quarter Nikki Haley gets lifetime post on Clemson Board of Trustees First senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid MORE (R-S.C.) took close to $8.3 million into his reelection coffers in the third fundraising quarter, Politico reported.
Scott received donations from more than 82,000 donors in that quarter and has raised nearly $20 million since the beginning of this year, the news outlet reported, citing a source familiar with the campaign. This quarter came in below the $9.6 million the South Carolina Republican fundraised in the second quarter, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings.
In late June, Scott announced that he would be seeking reelection. He is also considered a possible 2024 GOP presidential contender, depending on whether former President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE enters the race.
Regardless of whether Scott runs for president, his Senate seat will likely be safe from potential Democratic contenders. Cook Political Report rates his Senate seat as solidly Republican. Scott’s Democratic challengers include Spartanburg County Democratic Party Chairwoman Angela Geter and state Rep. Krystle Matthews.
Even during the 2020 race, in which Democratic Senate candidate Jaime HarrisonJaime HarrisonYoungkin to launch bus tour on same day as Obama, McAuliffe event in Virginia Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention DNC unveils new ads targeting minority voters in Virginia's governors race MORE sought Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPennsylvania Republican becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case MORE’s (R) seat, the Democrat’s competitive fundraising was no match for the Republican incumbent, who won the race by about 10 points.
The news over Scott’s recent fundraising comes ahead of an Oct. 15 deadline for candidates to file their third-quarter results with the FEC.
Politico noted that Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsSenate GOP campaign arm outraises Democratic counterpart in September Two senior House Democrats to retire Democratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse MORE (D-Fla.), who is seeking to oust Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate GOP campaign arm outraises Democratic counterpart in September House passes bills to secure telecommunications infrastructure Senators call for answers from US firm over reported use of forced Uyghur labor in China MORE (R), reported that she had raised $8.4 million in the third quarter, the only candidate to report a higher quarter than Scott as of Wednesday afternoon. Rubio raised $6 million.
The Hill has reached out to Scott’s campaign for comment.