Mark Kelly raises $4.4 million for Senate re-election bid

Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly said Tuesday he raised nearly $4.4 million for his re-election campaign during the first quarter of 2021.

The formidable haul gives the Arizona senator a head start against Republicans looking to challenge him in 2022, when he’ll be one of the GOP’s top targets in its bid to retake the Senate majority. No major candidates have announced plans to run but several are considering it.

Kelly raised about $4 million in the first quarter of 2019 and went on to raise $100 million by the end of the election cycle. He and Republican rival Martha McSally both shattered Arizona fundraising records.

Kelly was elected last year by 2.4 percentage points to finish the last two years of the late Republican Sen. John McCain’s final term. He’s now seeking a full six-year term.

For the latest local news, download the FOX 10 News app.

More Arizona politics

Arizona Governor signs Second Amendment Freedom Act, protecting state from federal gun laws

Arizona's Governor signed a new bill that will block any federal restrictions against the second amendment in the state. Some in the state aren't happy with the governor's choice.

Educators cry foul as Arizona lawmakers consider Prop 208 surcharge exemptions

Supporters of Prop 208, which was passed by voters in November 2020, say a bill being considered by the Arizona State Legislature will strip funding for education. Proponents of the bill, meanwhile, say it is about protecting small business.

Abortion ban for genetic issues fails in Arizona State Senate

GOP lawmakers in the Arizona State Senate failed to approve an abortion bill that would have banned abortion based on genetic abnormalities.