Scalise raises $4.8 million, nearly doubling haul from second quarter

Scalise raises $4.8 million, nearly doubling haul from second quarter
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House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseTrump keeps tight grip on GOP GOP lawmakers: House leaders already jockeying for leadership contests House Republicans find silver lining in minority MORE (R-La.) announced Thursday that he raised more than $4.8 million in the third quarter, almost doubling his total from the previous three-month period.

The Louisiana Republican has raised $15 million this election cycle, including $2.5 million from the second quarter of this year, and has sent $5 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), according to his office. In the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30, he sent $2.1 million to the NRCC.

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Scalise's office said he has broken fundraising records for a Republican whip each quarter. Those amounts come as House GOP leaders jockey for position in preparation for the departure of Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Dem candidate says he faced cultural barriers on the campaign trail because he is working-class Former House candidate and ex-ironworker says there is 'buyer's remorse' for Trump in Midwest Head of top hedge fund association to step down MORE (R-Wis.), who is retiring from Congress in early January.

Ryan publicly endorsed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse leaders need to modernize Congress for the sake of America Overnight Energy: McConnell tees up vote on Green New Deal | Centrist Dems pitch alternative to plan | House Republican likens Green New Deal to genocide | Coca-Cola reveals it uses 3M tons of plastic every year House GOP lawmaker says Green New Deal is like genocide MORE (R-Calif.) to succeed him, and Scalise, the No. 3 GOP leader, has said he will not challenge McCarthy for the top GOP leadership post. But Scalise has been campaigning for GOP colleagues across the country and taking positions to the right of McCarthy that have bolstered support among conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus.

If McCarthy stumbles in his second attempt to become party leader in the chamber, Scalise would likely enter the race for the top leadership post.

Republicans are looking to fend off a potential blue wave of Democrats who are hoping to flip Congress from its current Republican majority. FiveThirtyEight predicts that Democrats have a 77.7 percent chance of taking the House in November, but only a 19.2 percent chance of winning the Senate.