Mark Kelly reports raising $39 million in Arizona Senate bid

FILE - In this Feb. 2019 file photo, former astronaut Mark Kelly speaks during his senate campaign kickoff event in Tucson, Ariz. If Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, he could take office as early as Nov. 30, 2020. A Kelly victory would shrink the GOP's Senate majority at a crucial moment and complicate the path to confirmation for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.(Mike Christy/Arizona Daily Star via AP, File)

Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly says his campaign raised nearly $39 million during the third quarter.

Kelly’s campaign announced Thursday that he ended September with about $19 million in the bank for the final month of the campaign for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Republican Sen. Martha McSally has not yet reported her latest fundraising figures.

Kelly’s fundraising was driven in part by a surge in donations following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which spurred Democrats around the country to flood competitive Senate races with cash.

Kelly’s latest haul brings his total raised since the start of the campaign to $83 million.

Two years ago, McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema spent a combined $45 million during the entire campaign for Arizona’s other Senate seat.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.