Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the GOP establishment favorite in the state’s Senate race, lagged well behind his primary opponent Rand Paul in third quarter fundraising.
Grayson announced he raised only $642,800, despite getting fundraising support from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and NRSC chairman John Cornyn during the quarter. Grayson ended September with $1.18 million cash-on-hand.
His third quarter total was dwarfed by Paul, who raised over $1 million, much of it coming from online donors supportive of his father’s libertarian presidential campaign. Paul has banked $912,000 in his campaign account.
Paul’s significant fundraising advantage – combined with polling showing him within striking distance of Grayson – indicates that the Republican nomination is truly up for grabs, even though national Republicans are behind Grayson’s campaign.