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Tim Scott takes in $8.3 million in third quarter

The Hill logo The Hill 2 days ago Caroline Vakil
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) is seen during a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing to discuss oversight of the CARES Act within the Federal Reserve and Department of Treasury on Tuesday, September 28, 2021. © Greg Nash Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) is seen during a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing to discuss oversight of the CARES Act within the Federal Reserve and Department of Treasury on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) took close to $8.3 million into his reelection coffers in the third fundraising quarter, Politico reported.

Scott received donations from more than 82,000 donors in that quarter and has raised nearly $20 million since the beginning of this year, the news outlet reported, citing a source familiar with the campaign. This quarter came in below the $9.6 million the South Carolina Republican fundraised in the second quarter, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings.

In late June, Scott announced that he would be seeking reelection. He is also considered a possible 2024 GOP presidential contender, depending on whether former President Trump enters the race.

Regardless of whether Scott runs for president, his Senate seat will likely be safe from potential Democratic contenders. Cook Political Report rates his Senate seat as solidly Republican. Scott's Democratic challengers include Spartanburg County Democratic Party Chairwoman Angela Geter and state Rep. Krystle Matthews.

Even during the 2020 race, in which Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison sought Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R) seat, the Democrat's competitive fundraising was no match for the Republican incumbent, who won the race by about 10 points.

The news over Scott's recent fundraising comes ahead of an Oct. 15 deadline for candidates to file their third-quarter results with the FEC.

Politico noted that Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), who is seeking to oust Sen. Marco Rubio (R), reported that she had raised $8.4 million in the third quarter, the only candidate to report a higher quarter than Scott as of Wednesday afternoon. Rubio raised $6 million.

The Hill has reached out to Scott's campaign for comment.

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