Leslie Clark, McClatchy DC

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s 2020 re-election campaign raised $2.1 million in the first three months of the year, a record for the veteran senator that puts any potential challengers on notice that he intends to wage an aggressive effort.

Though McConnell he doesn’t yet have an Democratic opponent and seems unlikely to face a repeat primary challenger, the Kentucky Republican remains a top target for national Democrats. He not only holds the Senate’s most powerful job, but Democrats still fault him for refusing to have the Senate consider Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s 2016 Supreme Court nominee.

The campaign is set to submit its first quarter fundraising data to the Federal Election Commission and will report cash on hand of $5.6 million.

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