Democrat Sara Gideon, who is challenging Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) in one of the nation’s most closely watched Senate races, raised $3.2 million in the third quarter of 2019.

Gideon said Tuesday that more than 3,700 Maine residents contributed to her campaign and that nearly 97 percent of all donations were under $100.

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Gideon is among the highest-profile Democrats to enter the Maine Senate race and has specifically hit Collins over her backing for Kavanaugh.

“At one point, maybe Senator Collins was different, but she doesn’t seem that way anymore: taking over a million dollars from drug companies and the insurance industry and voting to put Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. I’m running for Senate because I know I can make a difference, and because Mainers deserve a senator who will always put our state first,” she said in her campaign announcement.

In order to win a spot in the general election, Gideon, the Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, will have to first win the Democratic primary race. Betsy Sweet, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018, and Bre Kidman, an attorney, are also seeking the party’s Senate nomination.

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