(JustPatriots.com)- In the third quarter alone, South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott has brought in almost $8.3 million in fundraising to support his re-election efforts.
In that third fundraising quarter, 82,000 donors have given to Scott’s campaign. Year to date, the Scott campaign has raised almost $20 million for his efforts, according to Politico. The media outlet was citing people who are close to the campaign.
According to filings with the Federal Election Commission, the third quarter total is less than the $9.6 million the Scott campaign brought in during the second quarter, but it’s still very impressive nonetheless.
Scott announced in June that he would seek re-election to his U.S. Senate seat. However, he’s also considered a potential Republican candidate for president in 2024 — if former President Donald Trump decides not to run, that is.
The South Carolinian is the only Black Republican in the U.S. Senate. He’s unlikely to have to fear that his seat will be taken by a Democrat, as polling numbers are showing he’s way ahead of any challenger. Scott’s district is very strongly titled toward conservative.
Democratic challengers in the race include state Representative Krystle Matthews and Angela Geter, the chairwoman of the Spartanburg County Democratic Party.
In the other senatorial district in South Carolina, the tune is no different really. In the 2020 election, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham easily won re-election by roughly 10 percentage points. The Democratic candidate in that race, Jaime Harrison, fell well short of Graham’s fundraising numbers.
All candidates have until October 15 to file their third-quarter fundraising results to the FEC.
Scott’s impressive fundraising totals have put him near the top of all political fundraisers for either party in the third quarter. The only other candidate to rake in more money, according to Politico, was Democratic Representative Val Demings from Florida. She has brought in roughly $8.4 million during the third quarter.
The next Republican on the list is Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who in the third quarter raised roughly half of what Scott did.
To this point in his career, Scott was never known as a major fundraiser. He’s stepped up those efforts over the last year, though, putting a lot of effort into building a major fundraising operation for his campaign.
Scott’s campaign has launched a Facebook advertising campaign that have targeted drawing in new donors and supporters.
In that last year, Scott has raised his profile, so much so that he’s now attracting the support of some of the biggest donors to the Republican Party. Larry Ellison, a tech titan who co-founded Oracle, contributed $10 million to a super PAC aligned with Scott that’s called the Opportunity Matters Fund.
That super PAC has also received political contributions from other large Republican donors. That includes investor Bill Oberndorf, hedge fund manager Dan Loeb and Las Vegas hotelier and billionaire Steve Wynn.
Scott is putting himself in a good position entering the re-election race for the 2022 midterms, and possibly for a future presidential run as well.