Peters (Associated Press)
Washington— U.S. Rep. Gary Peters raised more than $1 million in the third quarter of the year for his campaign to become Michigan’s next U.S. senator, his campaign announced Friday.
Added to his more than $1 million haul in the previous quarter, the Bloomfield Township Democrat has more than $2.5 million in cash in the bank for the 2014 race.
Since Peters, a third-term congressman representing Metro Detroit’s 14th District, announced his candidacy May 1, he’s been traveling the state, picking up endorsements and unifying the Democratic Party around his bid. The seat is open with the upcoming retirement of U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, who has served in the upper chamber for more than three decades.
Peters raised the money with the help of more than 6,500 individual donations, according to his campaign, and did not contribute personal funds from his own pockets.
“Thanks to the overwhelming support Gary has earned from Michiganders as an independent voice for our middle class and small businesses, we are well on our way to building the strongest grassroots campaign this state has ever seen,” Peters’ campaign manager Julie Petrick said in a statement. “Gary is humbled by the enthusiasm he’s seen as he has crisscrossed Michigan on his listening tour.”
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land said Monday she has raised more than $2 million since launching her campaign in July. More than half the money came from individual donors and the other half, about $1 million, came from Land herself, according to the campaign.
The former two-time secretary of state is the only announced GOP candidate in the race and hopes her fundraising figures will clear the field and draw attention from national Republican groups.
“The third quarter shows that Terri Lynn Land beat Congressman Peters and is in position to win this Senate seat with strong support from Michigan individual donors,” Land adviser John Yob said Friday.
Democrats have won U.S. Senate seats in Michigan during the past two decades. The last successful GOP Senate candidate was Spencer Abraham in 1994; he served for one term before U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, defeated him.