Rep. Vicky HartzlerVicky Jo HartzlerFive takeaways: House passes Biden's sweeping benefits bill Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan GOP lawmakers worry vaccine mandate will impact defense supply chain MORE (R-Mo.) pulled in just over $446,000 in the third quarter of the year for her Senate bid in Missouri, and is on track to lead the pack of GOP hopefuls in cash on hand, according to fundraising numbers shared with The Hill.
Hartzler’s top rival for the Republican Senate nomination, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, bested her in sheer fundraising over the past three months, raking in about $646,000 between July 1 and Sept. 30.
But Hartzler is set to enter the last stretch of 2021 with more than $1.65 million in the bank, putting her ahead of Schmitt’s nearly $1.2 million.
The field of GOP candidates vying to replace retiring Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud GOP fears boomerang as threat of government shutdown grows Overnight Defense & National Security — Senate looks to break defense bill stalemate MORE (R-Mo.) next year has ballooned to 10, and includes well-known Republicans like Rep. Billy LongWilliam (Billy) H. LongHouse passes bills to secure telecommunications infrastructure Democratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse Hartzler pulls in 6,000 for Missouri Senate bid with .65M on hand MORE (R-Mo.) and Eric Greitens, Missouri’s controversial former governor who resigned in 2018 amid scandal.
Since mounting his campaign earlier this year, Greitens has sought to tie himself closely to former President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE and his associates, and has scored endorsements from Trump World figures like Michael Flynn, who served briefly as the former president’s national security adviser.
Greitens hasn’t announced his third-quarter fundraising numbers yet, but at the end of June, his campaign had only about $134,000 in the bank, putting him well behind both Hartzler and Schmitt.
In a statement, Hartzler’s campaign manager Mike Hafner touted her latest fundraising numbers as a sign of strength as the Senate primary begins to ramp up, putting her on track to compete in 2022, especially against Greitens.
“Vicky is a fighter and these latest totals reaffirm her fundraising strength and ability to connect with supporters across Missouri,” Hafner said. “Vicky is the best-positioned candidate to take on Eric Greitens and deliver the common sense conservative values and leadership that Missourians expect and deserve.”