GOP Challenger’s Campaign Raises $1 Million… In a Day

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly’s campaign has raised more than $1 million in individual contributions since he announced he on Tuesday he’s seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., in 2020.

“A huge thank you to everyone who saw our launch and joined our team yesterday,” Kelly tweeted Wednesday morning. “I’m new to this, but I’m told we did well. In the first 24 hours we raised $604K from more than 9,700 contributions. We’re #FullSpeedAhead without a DIME of corporate PAC money.”

Kelly’s campaign spokesman, Rodd McLeod, shared later on Wednesday that the campaign had raked in $1.1 million, according to the Arizona Republic.

Kelly, 54, is married to former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, and previously was a NASA astronaut. He also served in the Navy as a pilot and engineer, and flew 39 combat missions during the 1991 Gulf War before he retired as a captain.

Read more at the Washington Examiner.