EXCLUSIVE:Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is constructing a formidable struggle chest as he gathers assets for what is going to seemingly be a bruising reelection marketing campaign in the 2022 midterms.

The two-term Republican senator hauled in $6 million in fundraising in the course of the July-September third quarter of fundraising, in accordance with figures shared first with Fox News on Wednesday. 

2022 SENATE SHOWDOWN IN FLORIDA COULD BECOME MOST EXPENSIVE IN HISTORY

Rubio’s fundraising the previous three months is a rise from the $4 million he introduced in in the course of the April-June second quarter, and brings to just about $12 million the quantity he’s raised thus far this yr for this 2022 reelection marketing campaign. 

Rubio, who was first elected to the Senate in the 2010 Tea Party wave and who grabbed loads of nationwide consideration throughout his unsuccessful 2016 GOP presidential nomination bid, additionally reported a formidable $9.6 million money readily available in his marketing campaign coffers as of the start of October. 

The senator’s marketing campaign famous that Rubio’s third quarter haul is almost double what any GOP senator up for reelection raised in the course of the third quarter of 2019, the comparable quarter in the 2020 cycle. 

FILE – In this Sept. 14, 2021 file picture, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., questions Secretary of State Antony Blinken listens throughout a Senate Foreign Relations Committee listening to on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Drew Angerer/Pool by way of AP, File)
(Drew Angerer/Pool by way of AP, File)

Rep. Val Demings of Florida, who made historical past as Orlando’s first feminine police chief earlier than coming into politics, is the main Democratic candidate aiming the problem Rubio subsequent yr. Demings, who has but to announce her third quarter numbers, hauled in $4.6 million in the primary three weeks of her marketing campaign, from her launch in early June by the tip of the second quarter. Candidates working for federal places of work have till Oct. 15 to file their third-quarter studies with the Federal Election Commission.

But the Sunshine State’s 2018 Senate race, when then-Republican Gov. Rick Scott edged out incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, was practically double the price, with roughly $205 million spent by the candidates, events and out of doors teams.

That race was the costliest in historical past, till final yr when spending in the Senate race in North Carolina topped $280 million, smashing the Florida report.