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Received this email from the Carmona campaign today regarding fundraising:

Samuel --

We've only got 50 days until Election Day and our campaign is hitting on all cylinders.

Our staff is working around the clock and I'm logging so many miles on the road that we're actually on our third campaign car. And you know what keeps us going? Knowing that you're all in it with us.

Last week we sent out an e-mail asking for help funding our second television ad -- and your response was unlike anything we've seen.

Within 24 hours,  

    407 individuals contributed directly through the e-mail
    With those contributions, we raised over $25,000
    An additional 140 individuals went to our website to give
    We raised an additional $11,500

Off of just one e-mail, 547 of you raised close to $38,000 -- and was our best email drive of the campaign!

The number I'm most proud of among all of those statistics is $66.72 -- that was the average contribution. That number tells me we can rely on our grassroots supporters and we don't need the special interest money that has poured in for Congressman Jeff Flake.

But with only 50 days left, we need more to help for us stay on the air and take the lead. So will you match last week's effort?

We need just 550 of you to give $70 or whatever you can to match last week's amazing grassroots effort.

We're so close to Election Day, and we're down only one point to a 12-year incumbent Congressman. Will you join our grassroots army by matching what we did last week?

Thank you for your continued support.

-- Rich

Wow, it sounds like the people of Arizona are excited about the idea of having Dr. Richard Carmona (D) as their next U.S. Senator.  They should be and so should the Kos community because Carmona would become not only the first Democrat elected to the Senate since Dennis DeConcini was elected in 1976 but also, Carmona would be the first Latino Senator from Arizona:

Here are some highlights:

Political analyst Mike O’Neil described Carmona as a “Democratic dream candidate” who just might be the first Democratic senator from Arizona since 1995. Not only that, Carmona could also be the first Hispanic senator in the state’s 100-year history.

“Much of his biography makes him an ideal candidate,” O’Neil told VOXXI.

Carmona’s Puerto Rican roots could also make him an attractive candidate among Latino, who make up 18 percent of the state’s registered voters. Currently, he enjoys a wide lead with the state’s Latinos. According to the new poll, 55 percent of Latino voters surveyed said they support Carmona while 24 percent said they back Flake. - 9/11/12

Here's a little background info on Carmona:  Dr. Carmona was born and raised in Harlem and was raised by Puerto Rican parents who suffered from drug and alcohol abuse.  Carmona dropped out of high school to to enlist in the army where he became a decorated military veteran, a trained surgeon, a medical professor and a deputy sheriff.  In 2002, President Bush nominated Carmona to be U.S. Surgeon General, a position he served for four years.  He is also a supporter of the DREAM Act as stated on his campaign website:

We should also pass the DREAM Act that creates a path to legalization for children, who, through no fault of their own, were brought into this country at a young age, have worked hard and are either going to college or have enlisted in the military. - Carmona For Senate
Carmona is in a tight race with Ron Paul's buddy, Congressman Jeff Flake (R).  Here's the PPP poll to remind you:

We need more voices who represent the growing Latino constituents in this country and they need it more than ever, especially in a state like Arizona.  With Carmona's win, it will be a wake up call to the GOP that when you use anti-immigration rhetoric and adopt cruel policies like Jan Brewer's immigration bill, you lose.  Times are changing and Latinos are becoming a huge voice in American politics.  What better way to stick it to the right-wing, anti-immigrant bigots than to not only win a seat on their home turf but also have a representative of the very people they despise.  Carmona is doing well in fundraising but lets give him a hand.  With Carmona, Latinos will have a stronger voice in D.C. and he will help us preserve our control of the Senate.  Here's his ActBlue page:


Originally posted to pdc on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:20 PM PDT.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks.

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