Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) Led the pack in entries for the first quarter, with totals eclipsing their potential competition. Cruz raised $ 3.6 million to his Senate re-election committee, which reported $ 5.6 million in cash. Hawley’s Grand Total: Revenue of $ 3 million including $ 3.1 million.
Neither of them will stand for re-election until 2024, and both were key figures in January’s efforts to object to the results of the electoral college. While Democrats and some Republicans condemned these actions, it appeared to support rather than detract from their fundraising power this quarter. Cruz has been a frequent guest on Fox News Channel’s evening programming for the past few weeks to attack the Biden administration’s handling of problems on the southern border.
The next two top performers – who will both be voting next year – were Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) And Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Paul raised $ 1.9 million and has $ 3.1 million, while Rubio posted a profit of $ 1.6 million for the quarter, with $ 3.9 million available in cash . Neither Paul nor Rubio voted to reject the election results.
Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Just elected into his second term, raised nearly $ 130,000 and has $ 2.1 million. In February he deployed one of the presidential hopefuls’ anti-Trump positions with a video right on camera mocking part of the reflexive defense of Trump’s actions – or, as he put it, “the strange worship of a buddy. ”
Also recently re-elected, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) Said he raised approximately $ 397,000 for a total of $ 6.5 million in cash, while Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.), The his year 2018 largely self-financed campaign, raised approximately $ 96,000 and had close to $ 2.2 million in cash. Cotton voted against the objection to Electoral College, while Scott, along with only six other Republicans, objected to the Pennsylvania voters.
Everyone would try to take over President Joe Biden in 2024, who has announced that he is likely to run for a second term with Vice President Kamala Harris on the ticket. Biden will submit his first financial report for the campaign in July.