Cash Bonanza Turbocharges Democrats’ Majority Bid (Podcast)

Bloomberg Government’s Emily Wilkins joined Greg Giroux and David Schultz on the latest episode of Downballot Counts to discuss the off-the-charts fundraising by Democratic Senate candidates.

South Carolina’s Jaime Harrison (D) announced raising $57 million in the third quarter as he seeks to upset Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R). That’s by far the most a Senate candidate has ever raised in a three-month period.

No one else has released figures approaching that, but others’ are still beyond anything seen before. Fellow Democratic challengers Theresa Greenfield of Iowa, Cal Cunningham of North Carolina, and John Hickenlooper of Colorado all topped $20 million in receipts during the three-month period. Candidates must file detailed campaign reports to the Federal Election Commission by Oct. 15.

The influx is contributing to Democratic optimism that the party will win control of the Senate.

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South Carolina Senate candidate Jaime Harrison (D) raised an astonishing $57 million in the third quarter.

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