Former Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake got some great news to start the week as she seeks to replace retiring Indy Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in Washington, D.C., next January.

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Lake’s campaign reported that they raised $4.1 million during the first quarter of this year, which is twice the amount they raised in the last fundraising quarter of 2023. According to The Daily Caller, Lake currently has around $2.5 million in cash on hand.

According to the outlet, the Democratic candidate Ruben Gallego raised $7.5 million in the first quarter and currently holds $9.6 million in his campaign account, exceeding his Republican opponent in fundraising.

“Kari Lake doubled her fundraising haul from last quarter. She is seeing strong from grassroots donors and Arizona donors,” a Lake campaign spokesperson noted in a statement. “Gallego is Far-Left, and out of step with Arizonans. Just like President Trump, Kari is performing strong in Arizona and will win in November.”

Lake’s campaign amassed $1.3 million through 40,000 contributions, sourced from around 22,000 individual donors. These contributions were predominantly small dollar amounts, with 99% of them totaling less than $200 each. Impressively, the campaign garnered donations from all 50 states in the US, as well as from Guam, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.

On March 6, a fundraiser was held in Washington, D.C., where Lake managed to raise $330,000. This event happened one day after independent Sinema announced that she would not run for office again. Gallego’s campaign reported that they were able to collect $1 million within 24 hours of Sinema’s announcement.

Throughout the fundraising period, Lake garnered backing from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and received endorsements from numerous GOP Senators. These included Tommy Tuberville from Alabama, Josh Hawley from Missouri, J.D. Vance from Ohio, Rand Paul from Kentucky, Markwayne Mullin from Oklahoma, and Cynthia Lummis from Wyoming.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has also come out in support of Lake.

“Kari has proven that she will always prioritize the security and well-being of Arizonans and the American people and will not back down from a fight. I am proud to endorse her for the U.S. Senate today,” Cruz said in a statement shared with the Daily Mail in March.

Cruz endorsed Lake for her strong stance on immigration and border security, stating the need for a capable leader in a state that has seen a significant increase in unauthorized border crossings.

“Border states have been on the frontlines of Joe Biden’s open border crisis for over three years, which is why we need a leader in Arizona who is not afraid to stand up and join the fight for a secure border,” Cruz said.

Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) endorsed Lake back in February.

“I’m honored to endorse my friend Kari Lake to be Arizona’s next U.S. Senator. Kari is a strong, principled conservative, who knows and loves the people of Arizona and will make them proud as their elected representative,” he said in a statement.

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