Washington — Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow raked in $2.1 million in the second quarter and has $5.8 million on hand in her bid for re-election next year, according to figures released by her campaign Thursday.
Other Democratic senators raising money for the 2018 midterm elections have also reported large totals for the quarter. They include Missouri U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, who brought in more than $3 million, and Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, who took in $2 million.
Stabenow’s fundraising for the quarter ending June 30 included a joint event in April with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the Cobo Center while Warren was in Detroit to speak at the NAACP’s 62nd annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner.
Stabenow, who lives in the Lansing area, ended the first quarter with nearly $4.3 million in the bank after bringing in almost $1.3 million in the first three months of the year.
Republican Senate hopeful Lena Epstein’s campaign said Thursday she had raised more than $460,000 in the five weeks since announcing her campaign May 22. She had more than $455,000 on hand on June 30, according to her campaign.
“We are thrilled with the success we had in only five weeks and credit it to conservatives across Michigan who want an outsider with business experience to take the fight directly to Debbie Stabenow,” Epstein said in a statement.
Other candidates in the race include retired Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Young Jr., a Republican who just joined the race last month.
Michigan Republicans are more optimistic they could defeat Stabenow because President Donald Trump narrowly won Michigan in 2016 – the first time a Republican had won the state in a presidential year since 1988.
Stabenow defeated Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard by 15 points in 2006 and former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Holland by more than 20 points in 2012.
Senate campaign committees are not required to file their financial disclosure reports electronically to the Federal Election Commission, so the actual reports showing contributors and spending won’t be available for at least several weeks.
In the U.S. House, Rep. Mike Bishop’s campaign said Thursday the Rochester Republican raised more than $275,000 in the second quarter.
“The 8th District recognizes that Mike Bishop is working hard and looking out for them,” Bishop spokesman Stu Sandler said.
The declared Democratic hopefuls in the 8th District include former Defense Department official Elissa Slotkin and Darlene Domanik, an environmental attorney from Brighton.
Slotkin’s campaign said Thursday she had raised $100,000 in the 72 hours since the Monday launch of her campaign.
“I am floored by the outpouring of support we have seen over the past three days,” Slotkin said in a statement.
“I am encouraged by the response I have received and take it as sign that people are looking for something new.”