Gallego releases major fundraiser in bid for Sinema AZ Senate seat

Gallego releases major fundraiser in bid for Sinema AZ Senate seat

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, prepares for a House Armed Services Committee markup in the Rayburn Building on the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020 on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

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Rep. Ruben Gallego’s Senate campaign said on Tuesday it raised more than $1 million in a day after the Democrat launched his candidacy for the coveted seat of Senator Kyrsten Sinema in the 2024 election cycle.

More than 27,000 donations contributed to the transportation, breaking an Arizona record for the most contributions in the first 24 hours of a campaign, the campaign said in a news release.

The Gallego campaign said it broke that record, which was previously held by incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Kelly, in just eight hours.

“I am proud to report that we received more donations from real people on Day One than Senator Sinema has received in the past three years combined,” Gallego said in the press release.

A spokeswoman for Sinema declined to comment, but pointed to a recent radio interview in which the senator said she “will stay focused on the work ahead of us.”

“There’s still a lot of very important work to do for Arizona,” Sinema said during this Friday interview.

The first windfall for Gallego’s Senate bid came from Sinema, who recently left the Democratic Party for become independanthas yet to announce whether she will run again in 2024.

Sinema and a handful of other centrist Democrats had wielded enormous influence when the Senate was split 50-50 between the two parties, with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris casting the deciding vote. They repeatedly angered fellow Senate Democrats after refuse to back down, or forcing major changes on, chunks of chair Joe Bidenlegislative program of and other key votes.

That Senate reckoning changed after Democrats beat expectations midway through November, extending their sway to an outright majority in the Senate, 51-49. When Sinema left the Democratic Party last month, she called the change “a reflection of who I have always been”.

But she also signaled that she would continue to caucus with Democrats, a stance that has helped the president’s party pass bills that have helped make the 117th Congress one of the most productive in years.

By quitting the Democrats, Sinema will also avoid participating in a Democratic primary fight if she chooses to run again – a prospect that could lead to a three-way general election.

Despite his campaign’s initial fundraising spike, Gallego’s Senate bid comes amid skepticism that a more progressive candidate could win statewide in Arizona, where Republicans and “other” voters both outnumber Democrats.

Some Capitol Hill Democrats were cautious when asked about the race.

“Senema is an excellent member of Congress and the Senate and she’s done a lot of good things here, but it’s way too early to make a decision,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters on Tuesday. , DN.Y.

Their situation was good news for Republicans.

“Senator Sinema served an important role in the United States Senate, and the most important thing she did was to save the institution itself by protecting the filibuster,” the leader of the Senate said. the minority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky.

“I think it’s a big dilemma for the Democratic majority in the Senate to decide whether to support her or someone who is running on the Democratic ticket,” McConnell said.

Democrats face a tough road to keep their slim Senate majority next year. Early projections of the electoral map show Democrats and independents who caucus with them are defending more Senate seats than Republicans. This includes Arizona, which the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia just labeled a “toss up.”

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