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FIRST ON FOX: After fueling her Republican Senate campaign in Connecticut with more than $1 million in fundraising in her first two months as a candidate, Leora Levy is launching her first major publicity blitz in her bid to defeat the senator. Democrat Richard Blumenthal.
Levy, a businesswoman from Greenwich, Connecticut, and member of the Republican National Committee, presented on Tuesday her fundraiser, which she has contributed since launching her campaign in early February. Nearly three quarters of his fundraising came from personal investment.
Along with his fundraising numbers, Levy is also making the first announcement of his Senate candidacy. The publicity and fundraiser was first shared with Fox News.
“My grandparents and my mother escaped the Nazis in Europe. My parents, my sister and I escaped Castro and the Communists in Cuba,” Levy told the camera in his place, introducing himself to voters in the Connecticut.
Levy, who was a small child when she and her family fled Cuba in 1960, shares that “like so many others, my family’s journey is one of tragedy, sacrifice and hope. The hope of freedom and opportunity and we found it in America.”
“Today that freedom is under attack,” Levy accuses in the ad, as she speaks on video of President Biden. “I’m sick of it and I’m running to be US Senator from Connecticut because I will never let Joe Biden and Dick Blumenthal destroy what made this country so great.”
Levy’s campaign tells Fox News they will spend a quarter of a million dollars to run the ad on TV and digital.
Levy, a conservative and strong supporter of former President Donald Trump, is one of six Republican Senate candidates running in the state’s August primary. The estate also includes Themis Klarides, the former GOP leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives who originally considered running for governor this year.
While Levy’s fundraising is significantly larger than that of Connecticut’s Republican Senate candidates in recent cycles, it pales in comparison to Blumenthal’s numbers. While he has yet to announce his January-March first quarter, the two-term senator had $7.56 million in cash in his campaign coffers at the start of the year.
The eventual GOP nominee will face a tough climb in the general election trying to defeat Blumenthal, who garnered more than 63% of the vote when he won re-election in 2016.
But Democrats face both historic headwinds and a very hostile political climate as they try to hold onto wafer-thin Senate and House majorities in November’s midterms. Biden’s approval ratings are also slightly under water in Connecticut, a blue state where he edged Trump by 20 points in the 2020 presidential election.