COLUMBIA, SC — Columbia pastor Det Bowers raised more than $417,000 since quietly entering the race for U.S. Senate in February mostly from South Carolina donors, his campaign announced Tuesday.
One of six Republican challengers competing in June's GOP primary for the seat now held by Sen. Lindsey Graham, Bowers has $384,000 on hand.
Bowers' two-month fundraising push has surpassed what Graham's other challengers reported raising in previous fundraising quarters.
Charleston PR executive Nancy Mace said she had raised more than $400,000 at the end of January after campaigning for about five months.
But with fundraising reports for federal candidates not due until next week, it is unclear how Bowers and his competitors will stack up.
They all face a well-funded incumbent in Graham, whose $7.6 million to spend at the end of 2013 has translated into several rounds of television and radio ads and barbecues and pancake breakfasts for supporters.
In a news release Tuesday from his campaign, Bowers said:
My family and I are incredibly humbled by the overwhelming showing of support we have received in the past couple of months from so many fellow Carolinians. Weve met countless individuals who share our vision that South Carolina needs a new voice and bold leadership in the U.S. Senate. For so many to be willing to devote so much of their faith and treasure in our campaign is truly awe-inspiring.
By Gods grace, I am privileged to inhabit one of the most incomparable states in the most exceptional country in the world. I look forward to working day and night for the privilege to stand up for the ideals that make us unparalleled and the ability to fight for our mutually held conservative values in Washington.