Updated, 3:25 p.m. 1/7/19 with James’ fundraising numbers
Freshman U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.), who Republicans are heavily targeting in this year’s election, says he has a record amount of cash on hand going into 2020.
The junior senator said he raised $2.51 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, running from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, his largest haul of the cycle. Peters has roughly $8 million in the bank and has raised more than $9.3 million since the start of 2019.
Peters likely faces Republican businessman John James, who also ran for U.S. Senate last cycle and was defeated by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing). James’ campaign said he raised $3.5 million in 4Q and $8 million for 2019.*
“I’m so thankful for the overwhelming support my campaign has received from folks across the state of Michigan,” said Peters. “As this campaign continues to break records, it’s clear that Michiganders still want effective leaders who get things done. From securing a record funding increase for the Great Lakes to expanding skills training and apprenticeship programs and working to lower prescription drug costs, I’ll always be focused on delivering results for Michigan.”
James appeared at Trump’s Battle Creek rally last month.
As the Advance previously reported, James raised about $3 million in the third period, his first full quarter in the race. Peters raised about $2.4 million during that time.
Both candidates have had prominent donors, with Peters snagging contributions from Hollywood luminaries like Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams. Members of the West Michigan billionaire DeVos family gave James $36,400 as of 3Q.