U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Jackson

U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Jackson

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina Democratic senate candidate Jeff Jackson raised nearly $1.3 million since entering the race in January, his campaign announced on Monday.

The campaign said it received contributions through the end of March from more than 14,000 people, including North Carolina residents in all but one county.

Jackson is looking to fill an open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Richard Burr. The Charlotte-area state senator plans to publicly release his first quarterly campaign finance report of the 2022 election cycle on April 15, the final day of the Federal Election Commission's deadline.

The average donation size wasn't disclosed on Monday, though Jackson's campaign said 86% of the more than 20,000 contributions it received were under $100.

A sizable chunk of the nearly $1.3 million secured came shortly after he announced his candidacy on Jan. 26. Within 48 hours after his move to enter the race, he received over $500,000.

Jackson is currently competing for the Democratic nomination alongside virologist Richard Watkins and former state Sen. Erica Smith. Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley is expected to formally join the field soon. Joan Higginbotham, the third Black woman to go into space, is considering entering the race.

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