By SCOTT BAUER
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Democratic Party said Tuesday that it raised more money between April and June than in any other three-month period in state party history, bolstering its bank account in this hotly contested presidential battleground state.
Democrats raised $10 million over the second quarter of the year, leaving them with $12 million cash on hand with the November election just five months away, party spokeswoman Courtney Beyer said.
President Donald Trump won Wisconsin by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016, and the state remains a focus for both his and Democrat Joe Biden ‘s campaigns this year. Recent polls have shown Biden with a lead, but polls four years ago also showed Democrat Hillary Clinton ahead of Trump at this point.
In addition to trying to win the state for Biden, Wisconsin Democrats are also working to prevent Republicans from winning three seats in both the state Senate and Assembly to gain veto-proof majorities. If Republicans do that, they would take away the power of Gov. Tony Evers to veto bills they pass, including the legislative and congressional district maps that must be redrawn next year following the census.
A spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Republican Party did not immediately return a message seeking comment on the Democratic fundraising totals, which parties and candidates had to report by Wednesday.