Not that you should have been worried, but Chris Van Hollen kept chugging along after his big primary win, raising $1.8 million through June 30. This is not a guy who takes anything for granted, and he’s in strong shape heading into the fall campaign season.
Here’s the campaign’s press release from earlier today:
Van Hollen Continues to Show Strong Support in Maryland
Kensington, MD — Chris Van Hollen heads into the general election with a strong statewide grassroots effort that is already expanding. Since kicking off his summer tour, Van Hollen has visited communities from the Eastern Shore to Western Maryland, meeting with small business owners and local leaders. Just yesterday he was in Harford County discussing how to build on local strengths and assets to expand educational, training, and economic opportunities around the state.
In the second quarter of 2016, Van Hollen raised $1.8 million — underscoring his strong support across the state following his 14-point victory in the Democratic primary. Van Hollen is working closely with the Maryland Democratic Party, which has $415,000 cash-on-hand to help support Democratic candidates for federal office. With the Van Hollen for Senate Campaign’s $566,000 cash-on-hand, that means Maryland Democrats already have almost $1 million to take on Republicans across the state.
“Marylanders know Chris is focused on bringing people together to deliver real results for our state — that’s why so many are standing with him in this campaign. Chris is fighting every day to provide a quality education for every child, expand job opportunities for hardworking Marylanders, and ensure the health and retirement security of our seniors. Their continued support is humbling,” said Bridgett Frey, spokeswoman for the Van Hollen for Senate Campaign. “Chris’s work to move Maryland forward stands in stark contrast to Donald Trump and the Republican Party, who offer more of the same divisiveness and dysfunction that has plagued Washington for too long. Marylanders deserve better.”
The Van Hollen Campaign moves into the general election in a strong position after crossing gender, racial, economic, and regional lines to put together his primary win. He built a statewide coalition, winning 21 of the 24 counties in the state. Van Hollen also won women voters by 14 percent, had the support of 40 percent of African American women, and won every single education level and income bracket.