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Warnock raises nearly $6M since January victory

Warnock raises nearly $6M since January victory
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The campaign of Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockDC statehood bill picks up Senate holdout Georgia senators introduce measure allowing voters to have access to water while waiting Cruz outspending other senators on Facebook ads: report MORE (D-Ga.) has raked in nearly $6 million in fundraising since his victory in January, a figure the staff says is record-setting for a candidate in an off year in Georgia. 

His campaign told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the first-year senator brought in more than $5.7 million in funds from early January to late March. The campaign said more than 101,000 donors contributed to the campaign during the 12-week span. 

The figure is the highest a candidate has raised in an off year, the aides told the newspaper.

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“In just a few short months, Senator Reverend Warnock has proven he delivers for Georgia and quickly passed coronavirus relief that included stimulus checks, relief for small businesses and resources for communities hit hardest by this pandemic,” Warnock’s campaign told the outlet. 

The reveal comes months after Warnock captivated the nation when he unseated former Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' Loeffler asks Georgia attorney general to investigate Raffensperger over 2020 election Former Rep. Doug Collins won't enter Georgia Senate race MORE (R-Ga.) in one of the state’s two January U.S. Senate runoffs. Democrat Jon OssoffJon Ossoff28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas cease-fire DC statehood bill picks up Senate holdout Senate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill MORE defeated former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueGeorgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' Warnock raises nearly M since January victory Georgia's top election official looks to shake political drama MORE (R-Ga.) in the same set of races, which flipped the upper chamber from Republican to Democrat. The Senate is split 50-50, but Vice President Harris's tiebreaking vote gives Democrats control of the chamber.

Unlike Ossoff, Warnock is up for reelection in 2022 because his race was a special election, as Loeffler had been sworn into the seat in early 2020 to serve out the remainder of former Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLoeffler group targets Democrats with billboards around baseball stadium Warnock raises nearly M since January victory Five big takeaways on Georgia's new election law MORE’s (R-Ga.) term.

Since January, Warnock, Georgia's first Black senator, has focused on pushing for expanded voting rights and access, among other legislation, as Republican legislators in his state and others across the country have advanced measures in recent months that advocates say would make it harder for people, particularly those of color, to vote. 

During his first floor speech, Warnock urged his colleagues to pass election reform legislation while criticizing “voter suppression bills” he said have been filed by lawmakers “using the big lie of voter fraud as a pretext for voter suppression” since January.

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Among bills that have been introduced in Georgia by Republican state legislators in recent months are measures that would end no-excuse absentee voting and automatic voter registration as well as require more identification to vote absentee.

Georgia Republicans backing the measures have argued that it is needed to boost election security and public trust in the state’s elections, particularly as former President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE has continued to spread unsubstantiated claims about widespread voter fraud and claim the November race was rigged.

Democrats and voting rights advocates have raised alarm over the legislation, with many saying it would needlessly make it harder for more Americans to vote.