Beasley Still Best Fundraiser In NC US Senate Race | North Carolina News


By BRYAN ANDERSON and GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press / Report for America

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Former Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court Cheri Beasley was the main third quarter fundraiser for candidates running for the U.S. Senate next year in North Carolina, according to documents filed Friday by the financial reporting deadline.

Beasley’s campaign finance report showed the Democrat grossed more than $ 1.5 million in the three months ending Sept. 30, compared to just over $ 900,000 as his rival and senator from state Jeff Jackson told the Federal Election Commission that his campaign had collected. Former Senator Erica Smith’s total was far behind the other two Democrats.

Among Republicans, campaigns by U.S. Representative Ted Budd and former Gov. Pat McCrory reported on Friday that they had raised almost identical amounts – each just over $ 1 million, with McCrory slightly ahead. Budd’s total includes a $ 25,000 loan he made to his campaign.

Former US Rep. Mark Walker fell far behind his two main GOP competitors, with just $ 122,000 in the quarter.

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The latest numbers indicate who could be more competitive in a 2022 general election that could determine which party controls a now 50-50 split US Senate. The candidates are running to succeed GOP Senator Richard Burr, who is not seeking re-election.

Beasley’s fundraising advantage, which followed a nearly $ 1.3 million second-quarter raise that topped all other contenders, reinforced the narrative that she is the top favorite. Democrat and a prolific fundraiser capable of facing the candidate chosen by Republican primary voters.

“The North Carolinians are supporting Cheri because they know she is the candidate who can win and will bring real progress to our state,” Beasley campaign manager Travis Brimm said in A press release.

Beasley, who lost her race to remain Chief Justice of the Supreme Court last fall by just 401 votes, said she entered October with nearly $ 1.7 million in cash on hand. Jackson started the month with nearly $ 1.2 million in the bank.

Budd has over $ 2 million in cash, which is ahead of McCrory’s $ 1.6 million and significantly more than Walker’s $ 613,000. McCrory and Walker have targeted Budd in recent months since the congressman gained approval from former President Donald Trump.

In a press release, Budd’s campaign said it has more money than any other candidate and has secured donations from residents of all counties.

“We appreciate your confidence in us and your support for our shared vision of America First policies that protect and promote American jobs as a number (one) priority,” Budd wrote.

McCrory, meanwhile, said he was “the only candidate in this race that convinced North Carolina to invest in our campaign.”

Jackson, a National Guard officer who served in Afghanistan, presented himself as an energetic Democrat capable of winning voters through retail politics. He has already held town halls in all 100 counties of North Carolina in less than 100 days. Jackson’s campaign also cites the 500,000 voters it contacted.

Smith, a former state senator and candidate for the U.S. Senate primary in 2020, raised $ 129,000 during the quarter. Smith, who also recently toured 100 counties, is posing as the most progressive candidate in the Democratic arena, supporting Black Reparations, Universal Basic Income and the Green New Deal.

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