Mark Kelly’s campaign for U.S. Senate has already reached presidential-level fundraising marks just days since its announcement. According to AZ Central, Kelly’s campaign received over $1.1 million in individual donations since the launch on Tuesday.
Kelly has the advantage of a well-known name as both as a former astronaut and the husband of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Kelly highlighted both of these in his first campaign ad that has already racked up over 3.5 million views on Twitter alone.
“I thought that I had the risky job. It turned out that you were the one who had the risky job,” Kelly says to Giffords in the video. Giffords was shot in the head in a 2011 mass shooting in Tuscon, Arizona.
Since then both Giffords and Kelly have become anti-gun violence advocates.
Watch the video below:
— Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) February 12, 2019
The excitement and money already surrounding the campaign are impressive. By contrast, as AZ Central pointed out, Sen. Kamala Harris raised about $1.5 million for her presidential campaign within 24 hours. Presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar raised $1 million for her campaign in over two days.
Kelly recognized the momentum early on and thanked his supporters after fundraising surpassed $600,000 in 24 hours.
A huge thank you to everyone who saw our launch and joined our team yesterday. I'm new to this but I'm told we did well. In the first 24 hours we raised $604K from more than 9,700 contributions. We're #FullSpeedAhead without a DIME of corporate PAC money. https://t.co/x94NukAYOQ
— Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) February 13, 2019
The 2020 Arizona Senate race is a special election that will appoint a senator for two years. A regular election for the seat will take place in 2022 for a six-year appointment.