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ICYMI: Cal Cunningham Posts “Big Fundraising Quarter,” “Far Outpacing” Previous North Carolina Senate Challenger

The Raleigh News and Observer reported this week that Cal Cunningham raised $1.6 million in the 4th quarter of 2019, “far outpacing what North Carolina’s last two Senate challengers raised in the same time period of their races,” and bringing in a total of $3.1 million since launching his campaign for U.S. Senate.

In a statement to the Observer, Cal said he was “…overwhelmed by the support we’ve seen across North Carolina since launching this campaign,” and that he “couldn’t be more grateful.”

Cal has more than 7,000 donors from North Carolina, including support in all 100 North Carolina counties and nearly 93 percent of Cal’s Q4 donations were under $100. The Observer noted that Cal has refused to take corporate PAC money and has received the endorsement of End Citizens United.

Read more about Cal’s major fundraising milestone below.

News & Observer: A Big Fundraising Quarter For Democrat Who Wants To Take On Tillis In NC Senate Race

By Brian Murphy — January 7, 2020

Key Points: 

  • Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham will report raising $1.6 million in the final three months of 2019, far outpacing what North Carolina’s last two Senate challengers raised in the same time period of their races.

  • Cunningham, a former state senator and Army veteran, has raised $3.1 million since entering the race in June. Cunningham is one of five Democrats vying to win the nomination for the seat held by incumbent Republican Thom Tillis.

  • In Tillis’ successful 2014 bid against incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan, he raised $714,000 in the final quarter of 2013. In Democrat Deborah Ross’ unsuccessful 2016 challenge against incumbent Republican Richard Burr, she raised about $586,000 in the final quarter of 2015.

  • Cunningham is endorsed by national Democrats and has received money from more than 20 incumbent Democratic senators through their committees, including Virginia Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown. The Cunningham campaign said he has more than 7,000 North Carolina donors and that 93% of his fourth-quarter donations were less than $100.

  • Cunningham said in a statement he’s “overwhelmed” and “grateful” for the financial support.

  • The Cunningham campaign said it has $1.7 million cash on hand. Tillis had nearly $5 million cash on hand at the end of September, the last FEC filing period. The 2014 North Carolina Senate race was the most expensive in U.S. history at that point at more than $123 million, mostly by outside groups.