Senator Scott raised nearly $1.3 million in quarter

abeam@thestate.comJuly 16, 2013 

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican, said he raised $1.27 million durding the second fundraising quarter of 2013.

— U.S. Sen. Tim Scott raised $1.27 million during 2013’s second quarter.

The Charleston Republican exceeded the $1.1 million that he raised during the first quarter. Scott now has $2.4 million available to spend.

“The generosity and support we’ve received shows that South Carolinians believe in a powerful, conservative message,” Scott said in a news release. “I’m grateful for their investment.”

The former Charleston County councilman was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, the first African-American Republican to represent South Carolina in Congress since Reconstruction. In December, Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Scott to succeed U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, who resigned to lead the Heritage Foundation, a conservative policy group based in Washington.

To keep his Senate seat, Scott has to win a term in 2014, his first statewide election.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is running for re-election in 2014, raised $1.4 million during the quarter, giving him $6.25 million on hand – the most he ever has had at one time. Richard Cash, who is challenging Graham in the GOP primary, raised $274,996 in the second quarter, giving him $248,396 on hand after his expenses. Jay Stamper, who plans to run as a Democrat for the Senate seat, raised $19,507 during the quarter and had $1,962 available to spend.

Haley raised $619,218 during the second quarter, including about $40,000 during the first 10 days of the third quarter. She has $2.45 million available to spend. State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw, Haley’s expected Democratic challenger, raised $611,314 through June 30, his first full quarter of fundraising.

Reach Beam at (803) 386-7038.

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