Val Demings Campaign to Challenge Marco Rubio Raised Over $4 Million in a Month

Florida Congresswoman Val Demings said on Thursday that she has raised more than $4.6 million in her campaign for the U.S. Senate since announcing her run in early June.

Demings completed the second quarter of 2021 with over $3 million cash-on-hand in her attempt to unseat the incumbent Florida Senator, Marco Rubio, in 2022, according to a press release.

Demings, a Democrat representing the 10th Congressional District in Florida, raised $1 million on the day she launched her campaign, June 9. Her campaign said she went on to raise $2.9 million in 21 days from 113,000 grassroots donors, who reportedly gave an average online donation of $26.

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Rep. Val Demings has raised more than $4 million in less than a month in her run for the U.S. Senate in 2022. In this photo, Demings speaks during the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on "Online Platforms and Market Power" in Washington, D.C. on July 29, 2020. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Demings said in a statement included in the press release about the money her campaign has raised: "I have been humbled and honored by the outpouring of support from across Florida and around the nation."

"Florida voters and the American people clearly know what's at stake in this U.S. Senate election," Demings continued. "As a 27-year law enforcement veteran and member of Congress, I will always put Florida and public service before politics. Florida deserves a U.S. Senator who has the courage and conviction to take on the tough fights for us. The strong support we have generated in such a short period of time shows we will have the grassroots momentum we need to win in 2022."

Demings is widely viewed as the most high-profile candidate running against Rubio. She was first elected to Congress in 2016 and reached national recognition as one of the Democratic House impeachment managers during the first impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump. She was also one of the finalists to be President Joe Biden's running mate in 2020 before he decided on Vice President Kamala Harris.

She announced her Senate run with a video message that emphasized her upbringing. In the video, she said, "When you grow up in the South poor, Black and female, you have to have faith in progress and opportunity. My father was a janitor, and my mother was a maid. She said: 'Never tire of doing good, never tire.'"

Demings made those words from her mother her campaign theme, stating in the video, "Now I'm running for the United States Senate because of two simple words: Never tire."

Soon after Demings' announcement, Rubio responded on his official Twitter account. He called her a "far-left liberal Democrat" and a "do-nothing" member of Congress, who voted with "socialist Nancy Pelosi 100 percent of the time."

Should Demings win the Democratic primary in August 2022, she will try to become the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Florida since 2012.

Rubio has already received an endorsement from Trump for another term in the Senate.