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Peters raises $5.2M over 3 months in Senate reelection bid

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan raised $5.2 million over three months in his campaign for reelection — his largest quarterly haul — leaving him with more than $12 million with four months until Election Day.

The first-term Democrat on Friday reported 96% of all donations were $100 or less. He doubled new donors over the previous quarter.

Peters is one of two Democratic senators up for re-election in a state won by President Donald Trump. He is facing a challenge from Republican businessman and Army veteran John James, who has outraised the incumbent since entering the race more than a year ago. James' campaign is expected to soon release its latest fundraising figures.

Peters’ campaign said it had collected more than $18.6 million since the start of 2019 — a record for a Democratic Senate candidate in Michigan. The quarter closed more than week ago, but campaign finance reports are not due until Wednesday.

“The groundswell of grassroots support is a testament to Gary’s effective leadership and makes clear that Michiganders want to keep him in the Senate,” said Dan Farough, his campaign manager. “We are incredibly grateful for the continued support from folks across the state, especially as we face unprecedented challenges.”

As of the end of March, Peters and James had roughly even amounts of cash on hand. Peters has led in polling.

This week, Peters' campaign launched a new TV ad in which he talks about supporting small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic and expanding American manufacturing. On Thursday, he announced legislation that would establish an independent institute to coordinate federal manufacturing programs.

Peters said the national approach to manufacturing has been piecemeal and pointed to how the pandemic has exposed supply chain vulnerabilities and an overreliance on foreign manufacturers.

James recently has been traveling to Michigan counties with some of the highest unemployment rates in the country following the state's economic shutdown to curb the coronavirus. He has been seeking input on ways to help more people be on the “path to prosperity.”

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