North Carolina Democratic senate candidate Cal Cunningham racked in more than $7 million in the second quarter of 2020, setting a record for the most raised in a three-month period by a Senate candidate in North Carolina, according to The Hill.
What We Know:
- The previous quarterly Senate fundraising record in North Carolina was set by former Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan who raised $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2014.
- Cunningham’s campaign announced that it raised $7.4 million between April 1 and June 30 and ended the quarter with $6.6 million in cash on hand. Cunningham has raised nearly $15.5 million since launching his campaign in June of 2019.
- Cunningham is seeking to unseat Republican Senator Thom Tillis, who has not yet announced his second-quarter fundraising total. Financial reports are not due to the Federal Election Commission until July 15.
- Senate Democrat’s see the North Carolina race as critical to their hopes in capturing the majority in November. With Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) in danger of losing his reelection bid, Democrats would need to capture at least 4 seats this year.
Surveys by Siena College, Fox News, and the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling showed Cunningham ahead by single digits, while an East Carolina University poll released last week showed a tie.