U.S. Republican House candidate Kendall Qualls has raised $870,000 dollars in his campaign for the Third Congressional District seat in Minnesota.
Qualls’s third-quarter fundraising numbers were released after his ranking as a “Young Gun” competitor by the National Republican Congressional Committee and his endorsement by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
“It is both humbling and exciting to have earned the financial and volunteer support of so many across the Third District and state of Minnesota who believe in our message of rebuilding our economy, keeping our neighborhoods safe, and addressing the challenges of race without racing to destroy each other. Our strong fundraising, especially from many first time donors, is an indicator of support and momentum from swing and independent voters,” said Qualls.
The candidate’s campaign has raised $699,000 since the July pre-primary report alone and is ending the quarter with $538,000 on hand. Qualls has a record of financial wins against his opponent, Democrat Rep. Dean Philips, who previously loaned his own campaign $1.3 million. Since the second quarter, Qualls’s campaign has experienced a 178% increase in fundraising.
“It won’t come as a surprise if our fundraising success causes Dean Phillips, the third wealthiest member of Congress, to once again self-fund his campaign, despite earlier pledging not to do so. We expect Dean to quietly reach into his deep pockets to try to save his seat in Congress, but in the end, the voters of the Third Congressional District will see our campaign as a positive force for change in Minnesota and Washington,” Qualls concluded.