With the announcement that Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) would be dropping out of the presidential race, questions arise regarding Democratic candidates’ stability heading into the 2020 election.
Once considered the possible new face of the Democratic party, O’Rourke went into the election as a young, new voice that could gain a number of young supporters that would catapult him to the White House. However, this week proved that there was no strength in his base.
Likewise, Mark Kelly (D), who is challenging Republican Senator Martha McSally for her seat, appears to be a similar candidate who’s not only gaining support from constituents, but he’s also gaining financial support from Californians.
From Californian donors alone, Kelly has received $1.4 million.
This amount is more than any other Senate candidate in the country.
Kelly, who is a former astronaut and husband to Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D), is also at the forefront of the gun control conversation and appears to be running a quiet and cloaked progressive agenda.
In looking at Kelly’s website, the case could be made that Sen. McSally is really running against former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and not Mark Kelly. On (5) of his “issues” and bio, Kelly invokes his wife’s shooting incident.
In addition to mentioning his wife’s story, Kelly uses several images of him and his wife that appear to focus on her face, and not his.
As the election draws closer, Democrats are on offense, looking to gain control of the U.S. Senate, as well as The White House by attempting to impeach President Trump.
Democratic candidates have so far received more than $8.6 million from donors in California, and this is only in the first nine months of this year. The donors are comprised of Hollywood celebrities, CEOs from Silicon Valley and other citizens.
In addition, Senate races in Colorado, South Carolina, Arizona, Kentucky and Alabama have received the most money from California donors through September 30th, noting that many of these states are swing states that Democrats are looking to win back after losing control in the 2016 Presidential election.
California is currently in the top five donation states for at least one candidate in 31 of the 35 Senate races that will be voted on in the November 2020 ballot.