Even though Sen. Orrin Hatch has not yet decided whether he will run for an eighth term, his fundraising is showing no signs of slowing down.
The latest FEC filing shows Hatch pulled in nearly $1 million during the last three months from July through September. The $931,959 in contributions outpaced the $874,524 his campaign reported in the previous quarter.
So far this year, Hatch has pulled in more than $5.7 million.
Hatch’s campaign spending for the just completed quarter was just over $256,000, which leaves him a healthy $4,572,061 in the bank.
That hefty sum makes him a prohibitive favorite to win an eighth term in 2018 should he decide to run.
While Hatch clearly has a massive cash advantage over any potential opponent, a win in 2018 is hardly a slam dunk for a number of reasons:
Hatch raised nearly nine times as much as his chief Democratic challenger, Jenny Wilson, reported during the last three months. Wilson reported $155,454 in donations, with $125,765 in expenditures. She has $139,582 on hand.
Mitchell Vice, the other Democrat hoping to challenge for Hatch’s seat, had not filed a financial disclosure as of publication time.