Val Demings added another $7.1 million at end of 2021 for campaign to unseat Marco Rubio

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Rubio expects that Demings could raise $200 million.

U.S. Rep. Val Demings started off the week touting her 2021 fundraising, with her campaign sending a message to incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

In a media release proclaiming she has “the most funds of any Senate challenger in Florida history,” the Orlando Democrat’s campaign said she raised $7.1 million in the last three months of 2021 and carried a formidable $8.1 million war chest into 2022.

“We are so grateful for every supporter who has stepped up to beat career politician Marco Rubio and send Chief Demings to the United States Senate,” said Demings Campaign Manager Zack Carroll.

“Our campaign is building a grassroots movement in every corner of this state that’s fired up and ready to hold Rubio accountable for failing to fight for Florida’s working families. With our fundraising, we are taking our message to every voter and leaving no community behind in our historic fight for Florida. We’ve built strong momentum, and the army of grassroots donors supporting Chief Demings will continue to drive this campaign to victory in November,” Carroll added.

We have reached out to Rubio’s campaign officials to see if they were willing to share data, but thus far the campaign has not released any toplines in response to those provided by the Demings campaign.

Demings’ fundraising is actually down from the third quarter of 2021, when she raked in $8.4 million for her U.S. Senate campaign — more than any challenger had raised at that stage of a Senate campaign in Florida history.

It is likely Rubio still has the cash-on-hand advantage. Through the end of October, the Senator had roughly $12 million on hand. Last quarter, he gave the numbers to Fox News first, shortly after Demings released hers.

Expect Rubio to continue to stress Demings is a serious opponent, as he did last year when he said she could raise $200 million on Fox News Radio.

“Val Demings is going to raise over $150 million. I mean, $200 million. I mean, these guys, they send out emails, this whole liberal infrastructure gets fired up. Every Republican was outraised last cycle. So she’ll be formidable. She’s going to raise a ton of money online. I mean, she’s going to post huge numbers, OK?” Rubio said in June.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Matthew Lusk

    January 31, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    Propaganda takes lots of money, Truth takes very little money.

  • Evan Miller

    February 1, 2022 at 8:59 am

    Did Val Demmings ever find the service weapon that was stolen from her unlocked city vehicle?

  • Linda Terrell

    February 3, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Why no investigation into election fraud!? I was watching the returns when all the boards went out, Trump was far ahead 15 – 20 minutes later the boards go live again and Trump is behind!! Had to have been all the huge black bags that came in right before the screens went out!

    You want our support yet you can’t even keep track of your service weapon! How many people were shot with it since “YOU LOST IT VAL!” How can you represent Florida when you can’t keep track of YOUR SERVICE WEAPON!!

  • Lynn

    February 10, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    I do not understand why the general members of the Democrat party are so lock step with changing our government to a Socialist/ Communist form of government. I have been paying attention to what they say for a number of years. Nancy Pelosi is the reason I changed from Dem to Rep. Also, after researching the Dem’s largest donor, George Soros, a despicable human being, I had another reason to never vote Dem again. The last nail in the coffin was the horrendous backing of late term abortion which has to be lock step with Pelosi’s demands. Pelosi claims to be a religious person and yet she continues to promote anti Christian, Jewish & even Moslem values.
    The Dem party has definitely become the party of division and Val Demings has been right in the middle of it. It is true the Rep party is far from perfect, but the majority of them are much closer to the ideals of our founders. Dems need to revisit the definition of democracy.

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