Democratic Senate candidates display fundraising might in third quarter

(CNN) Democratic Senate contenders in some of the most competitive races announced big fundraising hauls this week -- as they prepare for a costly battle to preserve their party's razor-thin majority in next year's midterm elections.
That's more than any Georgia Senate campaign has ever reported at this stage in the election cycle, Fulks said.
In Arizona, Sen. Mark Kelly, another endangered Democrat seeking a full term, brought in $8 million in total receipts during the third quarter, his campaign announced.
Republicans need a net gain of just one seat to win the Senate majority in 2022.
Warnock and Kelly, fresh off recent special election victories, have "solidified their status as fundraising juggernauts," said Nathan Gonzales, editor of Inside Elections.
But while "fundraising is important, most strategists would take a favorable political environment over money any day of the week," he added.
Other fundraising standouts in the July-to-September fundraising quarter include Florida Democratic Rep. Val Demings, who is hoping to face Republican Sen. Marco Rubio next fall.
She announced bringing in $8.4 million during the third quarter, surpassing the $6 million the Rubio campaign collected during the same period.
In Nevada, another key battleground for control of the Senate, first-term Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto raised nearly $3.2 million in the fundraising quarter and about $14 million in total this year for her reelection bid.
The ads cast a Democratic policy bill -- still being hashed out on Capitol Hill -- as imposing "the largest tax increase in decades."
Any remaining funds from his Senate bid can be transferred to a presidential campaign account should he decide to run for higher office.
Federal candidates face a Friday deadline to report their fundraising and spending during the third quarter of 2021.