Ruben Gallego, a Democratic candidate for the Senate in Arizona, raised $7.5 million

Rep. Ruben Gallego, the presumptive Democratic candidate for the Arizona Senate, has raised $7.5 million in the first three months of the year, his campaign said Tuesday, a significant amount for what is likely to be a competitive general election race in a state that is fighting.

The campaign cash-raising adds to an already strong fundraising cycle for Mr. Gallego, a former Marine and progressive congressman whose candidacy will test how willing Arizonans are to elect a senator who is staunchly left-of-center. After decades as a reliably Republican state, Arizona has elected a number of Democrats to state office in recent years.

In November, Mr. Gallego, who has no major primary challengers, is likely to face Kari Lake, a former television host and close ally of former President Donald J. Trump. That contest will determine who will succeed Sen. Kirsten Sinem, who is not seeking re-election. Ms. Lake faces a primary challenger, Sheriff Mark Lamb of Pinal County, but leads him by a wide margin in the polls.

Mr. Gallego has so far raised more money than Ms. Lake, who has not yet released her latest quarterly fundraising figures. Ms. Lake is a newer entrant to the race than Mr. Gallego, who announced a run in January 2023. In the last quarter of 2023, his campaign raised $3.3 million, while hers raised $2.1 million.

Mr. Gallego’s latest tally compares with amounts raised by Democratic officials such as Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio ($6.6 million in the last three months of 2023) and Senator Jon Tester of Montana ($5.5 million over the same period ), although it is difficult to compare fundraising figures across states.

His financial advantage, if it continues, could allow him to flood the airwaves with commercials in a country with a relatively expensive television market. Mr. Gallego’s campaign spent about $1 million on his first ad of the cycle, which began running in March. Ms. Lake, who is also running for governor in 2022, beat him on the air, airing her first ad in January.

The Gallego campaign — which released its rosy fundraising numbers two weeks before the required April 15 deadline — said it had more than $9.6 million in cash and more than 100,000 people donated in the last quarter, with more than half were first-time donors.

“Thanks to the support of hundreds of thousands of small-dollar donors who gave what they could to help elect Ruben Gallego, we are building the infrastructure to win this November,” said Nichole Johnson, campaign manager for Mr. Gallega. statement.

Outside groups could help make up any fundraising deficit Ms. Lake faces. She has the backing of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a group dedicated to electing Republicans to the Senate, and has raised money with top Senate Republicans such as John Barrasso of Wyoming. She took in $330,000 at a Washington fundraiser alongside nearly 20 Senate Republicans last month and will raise more money this week at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

Mr. Gallego will also be encouraged by outside groups. Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic group, announced last month a $239 million television reservation in seven states, including $23 million in Arizona.

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