South Carolina Senator Tim Scott continues to raise huge amounts of campaign cash as he runs for re-election at the 2022 midterm sum, triggering more speculation about a potential Republican presidential nomination bid in 2024.
Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate and a rising star in the GOP, raised $ 8.3 million during the July-September third quarter of fundraising. That follows a notable $ 9.6 million that Scott picked up during the April-June second quarter of fundraising. So far this year, the senator has raised nearly $ 20 million.
Scott’s campaign, which confirmed their fundraising numbers for Fox News on Wednesday, focused on the senator receiving donations from 82,000 donors over the past three months.
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From now on, it is unlikely that Scott will face a bruise re-election next year in the reliable red Palmetto state, where he won his election in 2016 by almost 25 points. Last November, then-President Trump carried the state by 12 points, and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham won re-election by 10 points despite record-breaking collection from Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, who now chairs the Democratic National Committee.
Scott has become a high-profile Republican during his tenure in the Senate. He caught national attention earlier this year when he gave a well-received GOP response to President Biden’s prime-time speech to a joint session of Congress. And he is the leading Republican in negotiations with the Democratic Democrats on a major bill on police reform.
Questioner sees him as a possible candidate for the GOP presidential election in 2024. His travels so far this year to Iowa (in April) and New Hampshire (last weekend), which hold the first two competitions in the president’s nominee calendar, sparked speculation about potential national ambitions. , and it’s also his massive fundraising move.
“The numbers say Tim Scott has developed a national constituency and has created enthusiastic supporters from coast to coast. There is no doubt that he is someone who excites Republican activists. “His recent visit to New Hampshire was very successful and he drew large crowds,” longtime Republican consultant Jim Merrill told Fox News.
Merrill, who is based in New Hampshire and is a veteran of many GOP presidential campaigns, said the senator’s fundraising numbers “tell me that if Tim Scott were a stock, there would be a lot of people buying his stock right now. People really believe in him and are excited for him. “
Scott ended the third quarter with nearly $ 19 million in cash. Any remaining funds from his 2022 Senate campaign could be transferred to a potential presidential bid if he decides to run for a higher office.
Scott has repeatedly turned down talk of getting a White House running in 2024. He told Fox News earlier this year that his “only goal is to be the U.S. senator for the great state of South Carolina.”
But Scott has also said the 2022 race will be his last Senate campaign.
Haley joins a central primary house in the GOP in NH
In last week’s column, we highlighted how Senator Ted Cruz waded into an increasingly crowded race for the 2022 Republican nomination in New Hampshire’s 1st Congress District, one of the country’s leading congress battlefields.
Although the approval was only about 2022, it sparked speculation in 2024 about Cruz, who was second to Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential race and is seen by experts as a potential GOP White House hopeful next time.
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One week later, another Republican whom experts consider a possible presidential candidate in 2024 also approved in the same contested primary election.
Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations for the first two years of the Trump administration, supported Matt Mowers, a former GOP director in New Hampshire who worked on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and served in State Department under the Trump administration.
Haley supported lawn mowers last year as he was close to defeating the incumbent Democratic rep. Chris Pappas, and she traveled to New Hampshire last fall to campaign with mowers.
Haley’s support came a week after Cruz backed Karoline Leavitt, a 24-year veteran of President Trump’s White House, in a statement first shared with Fox News.
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Scott and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, another GOP politician who sees a potential hope for the White House in 2024, are among the headlines at a conference Wednesday that focuses on efforts to grow the party by recruiting and training more women and minority candidates.
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Republican State Executive Committee, a political GOP organization dedicated to selecting party candidates for state legislatures and executive offices across the country, is hosting the event in Crystal City, Virginia, entitled “The Future of GOP Starts in the States.”