In her bid to reclaim a second term in Washington, D.C., South Carolina congresswoman Nancy Mace – who has been targeted for defeat by former president Donald Trump – raised a staggering $1.2 million during the first quarter of 2022.
Somebody cue Wu Tang Clan, right?
Cash Rules Everything Around Mace … C.R.E.A.M.
“Momentum in a midterm matters,” Mace told Kinnard.
Mace has raised a total of $4.2 million on her reelection bid and has an estimated $2.3 million on hand, according to Kinnard. That sort of war chest should prove invaluable as Mace seeks to defend herself from Trump’s broadsides – and as she seeks to define her top MAGA-backed rival, Katie Arrington.
Mace – who has dominated the money race thus far – was expected to have a solid fundraising quarter after former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley hosted an event for her in Charleston, S.C. last month that raised more than $300,000.
But her quarterly number – assuming it is matched by what she files with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) later this month – is likely to mark another significant escalation of her financial edge over Arrington.
Arrington vanquished incumbent first district U.S. congressman Mark Sanford in a GOP primary for this district four years ago – the former South Carolina governor’s first-ever electoral defeat. Following a near-fatal car crash in late June of 2018 that sidelined her for several weeks, Arrington was narrowly defeated by lobbyist/ “ocean engineer” Joe Cunningham in the November general election – swinging this district “blue” for the first time in nearly four decades.
Mace recaptured the seat in 2020, knocking off Cunningham in a GOP wave election.
Mace and Arrington are not friends. In fact, the two women absolutely, positively hate each other.
At one point during their tenure together in the S.C. House of Representatives, Arrington and Mace nearly came to blows following a spat on the floor of the chamber – with colleagues stepping in to separate them.
Arrington insisted this week that the alleged altercation between her and Mace had been exaggerated and that no one had to hold her or Mace back from each other at any time during the dispute.
The winner of the GOP primary will square off in the November 2022 election against Annie Andrews – a pediatrician from Mount Pleasant, S.C. Andrews was the only Democrat to file for this seat, which was redrawn to the benefit of “Republican” candidates last December.
Accordingly, whichever candidate captures the GOP nomination in the primary election cycle this June is expected to have a significant advantage in the November election …
ABOUT THE AUTHOR …
Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children. Oh, he also has LOTS of hats … but has given them up for Lent this year.
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