Ex-Astronaut Mark Kelly's Campaign Raises $1.1M Since Launch

Feb 14, 2019

Mark Kelly's campaign for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat in 2020 says it has raised more than $1 million in individual contributions since announcing his candidacy Tuesday morning.

Mark Kelly, pictured with his wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, to his left.
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The Arizona Republic reports the 54-year-old retired astronaut and Tucson Democrat touted his financial grab Wednesday morning. By the end of the day, campaign spokesman Rodd McLeod says the figure ballooned from $604,000 to $1.1 million.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, in comparison, raised about $1.5 million within 24 hours of announcing her bid for president in 2020. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, another Democrat, raised $1 million over a 48-hour period.

Kelly is the first Democrat to jump into the 2020 field. Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego, of Phoenix, is considering a run.