Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, who’s challenging Rand Paul for his U.S. Senate seat from Kentucky, announced that he raised nearly $1.1 million in the second quarter of 2016.
If elected, Gray would become the second openly gay U.S. senator in history, after Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
From the AP:
The Lexington mayor said in a news release his campaign raised $1,083,039 for the fundraising period ending June 30. Gray reported $1.8 million in his first fundraising report earlier this year, but $1 million of that was his own money. Gray said he did not contribute to his campaign in the second quarter.
Spokeswoman Cathy Lindsey said the campaign has just over $1 million in cash available to spend.
A recent poll in the race shows Gray and Paul nearly tied. The popular mayor and businessman thanked his supporters in a Facebook video: