Jones’ $18 million haul in Alabama more than quadruples the amount raised by his Republican opponent, Tommy Tuberville, a former Auburn football coach. That’s prompted One Nation, a group allied with McConnell, to line up $3.2 million on ads helping Tuberville, with the conservative Club for Growth planning $1.3 million more.
In Montana, Daines is on even financial footing with his Democratic opponent, Gov. Steve Bullock. One Nation and the Senate Leadership Fund, another McConnell ally, are spending millions to help Daines, while the DSCC, Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, and Majority Forward, allied with Democratic leadership, are helping Bullock.
The two McConnell-friendly groups are even aiming $15 million at Kentucky to help him fend off an uphill challenge from Democrat Amy McGrath. The $47 million she has raised so far, aided by Democratic contributors’ antipathy to McConnell’s work with Trump, is tops in the country and surpasses McConnell’s $38 million.
Even in Kansas, which hasn’t elected a Democratic senator since before World War II, a group with ties to state and national Republicans plans to spend $3 million to prevent the polarizing Kris Kobach from winning the party’s Senate nomination. Top Republicans fear a Kobach nomination could mean victory for Democrat Barbara Bollier, who’s collected more cash than the three GOP contenders combined.