Cruz, Hawley dwarf potential 2024 rivals in fundraising
The next two top performers — who will both be on the ballot next year — were Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Paul raised $1.9 million and has $3.1 million on hand, while Rubio reported a haul of $1.6 million this quarter, with $3.9 million in cash on hand. Neither Paul nor Rubio voted to overturn the election results.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), who was just elected to his second term, raised just under $130,000 and has $2.1 million on hand. In February, he staked one of the most anti-Trump positions of the presidential hopefuls, with a direct-to-camera video that derided some of the reflexive defense of Trump’s actions — or, as he put it, “the weird worship of one dude.”
Also recently reelected, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) reported bringing in about $397,000, for a total of $6.5 million in cash on hand, while Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who mostly self-funded his 2018 campaign, raised about $96,000 and has just under $2.2 million in cash on hand. Cotton voted against the objections to the Electoral College, while Scott joined just six other Republicans in objecting to Pennsylvania’s electors.
All of them would be vying to take on President Joe Biden in 2024, who has said he will likely run for a second term with Vice President Kamala Harris on the ticket. Biden will file his first campaign finance report in July.