Ohio congressional Democratic candidate Nina Turner had her best fundraising day in the 12 hours that followed Hillary Clinton’s endorsement of her challenger.
Turner, who started as a "Ready for Hillary" signee before changing her support for Sen. Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential candidacy, had a “six-figure fundraising haul” from the time Clinton endorsed Shontel Brown, on Wednesday at 12:01 p.m., to midnight.
The average donation during that time period was $22, and nearly 4,000 supporters gave contributions.
“This movement is focused on lifting up working families and building a future where all of us can thrive, not just the wealthy and well-connected,” Turner said in a statement. “I am extremely proud to be running a campaign that is 100% focused on the issues that affect the working people of my district. If elected to Congress, they will be my only special interest, and I am grateful for their support.”
Clinton, in her endorsement of Brown, noted that she “made history as the first Black woman to chair her county Dem party, and she’ll work to help her state and our country recover from COVID.”
Turner and Brown are two of the most prominent candidates who make up a crowded field running for the seat vacated by former Rep. Marcia Fudge, who left Congress to join the Biden administration as the secretary of housing and urban development. The primary is set for Aug. 3.
The seat is not expected to be competitive in the general election. It has a partisan voter index of D+30, meaning that the district voted 30 percentage points more Democratic than the United States as a whole.
Turner, who previously spent time as a Cleveland city councilwoman and Ohio state senator, has received support from many progressive Democrats in Congress.
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Original Author: Mike Brest