Mark Kelly continues to best Martha McSally in Fundraising

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Captain Mark Kelly continued to be a prolific fundraiser at the end of 2019.

The Democratic Senate candidate reported receiving 6.3 million dollars in the fourth quarter of last year.

According to the Hill, he has a little over 13.5 million dollars on hand.

For the year, he pulled in “more than 20 million dollars.”

Jen Cox, the Campaign Manager for the Mark Kelly Team released a statement which conveyed:

“Today, Mark Kelly for Senate announced that it raised nearly $6.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, bringing the campaign’s total raised for the year to more than $20.2 million. The campaign will report having more than $13.6 million cash on hand heading into the election year.”

“The campaign’s record-setting 2019 was driven by grassroots support, with an average contribution of $43. In 2019, more than 200,000 individuals contributed to the campaign.”

“This campaign took off like a rocket at the beginning of last year and hasn’t slowed down, and neither have the grassroots donors that are powering Mark’s Mission for Arizona — they know that Mark will take his experience as a combat pilot, astronaut, and engineer to fight for issues that matter to our state,” said Jen Cox, Mark Kelly’s Campaign Manager. “We’re going full speed ahead into 2020, and we know that our Cactus Roots will be right there with us chipping in what they can, knocking on doors, and working every day to elect Mark to the Senate.”

Captain Kelly’s campaign has consistently outpaced Senator Martha McSally’s throughout 2019.

Earlier reporting by Robin Bravender of the Arizona Mirror showed an increasingly alarmed McSally, the loser in last years Senate race to Kyrsten Sinema, venting out her frustrations to constituents in Legislative District 11, claiming that the Kelly backed ads against her on health care were false.

She may also have potentially violated campaign finance rules at the same event by saying said that she needed outside help to bankroll ads for her campaign. The Arizona Mirror reported that the Senator said:

“We need close air support to show up. There’s outside groups. We can’t talk to them. We can’t invite them, but we pray for them every day. We need conservative outside groups, you know, to wake up, and get involved, and start muddying up the landscape a little bit, so I’m not just sitting here taking incoming and not having any A-10s show up, you know overhead, to help me out.”

The 2020 Senate Race between Senator Martha McSally and Captain Mark Kelly could tilt the balance of power in the Senate in 2021.

The Cook Report rates it as a tossup.

It could also, conceivably elevate turnout in the Presidential race towards one candidate or the other.

Votes need to stay engaged and informed during this vital election season so they can make the right decision for the State and the Nation on November 3, 2020.

 

 

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.