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Democrat candidates in battleground states are raising record funds to unseat Republicans in the U.S. Senate. Currently, the Republicans have the majority, but in November that could change.
Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Montana and Iowa are among the states where Democrats are being bolstered with millions of dollars to defeat Republican incumbents.
In Kentucky, retired fighter pilot Amy McGrath raised $17.4 million in the second quarter between April and June, making it the most expensive Senate race of the elections season.
In South Carolina, Jaime Harrison raised $14 million to take Republican Lindsey Graham's place.
And in North Carolina, Cal Cunningham raised a record $7.4 million in the second quarter, pulling in nearly $15.5 million since announcing his Senate bid in June 2019. He's hoping to take the senate seat of Trump ally Thom Tillis, who raised just over $2 million to Cunningham's $4.4 million in the first quarter. It's turning out to be the most expensive race with candidates, outside groups and party committees throwing in more than $106 million for advertisements.
In Montana, Democrat governor Steve Bullock has raised $7.7 million, and in Iowa Theresa Greenfield raised $6 million to take the Senate seat away from Republican Joni Ernst.
On Tuesday, the Democrat Legislative Campaign Committee — an organization that recruits, trains and supports local Democrats running for state legislature — claimed a record-breaking second-quarter fundraising campaign.
But the actual numbers for its "Flip Everything" campaign — the organization has raised only $30 million, falling $20 million short of the target.