Maryland Democrat Aruna Miller Katragadda, who is running for Congress from the state’s open 6th district, won a straw poll held after the “Our Revolution” candidate forum on Saturday.
“After a vigorous 3-hour debate involving six candidates, Delegate Miller won the post-debate straw poll,” the campaign said in a press release on Tuesday.
Miller, a Maryland statehouse delegate, thanked the party faithful who attended the forum. “It’s exciting to see so many people come out on a Saturday afternoon to hear from candidates running in a Congressional primary,” she said. “It’s even more exciting to see that our message is resonating with these engaged voters.”
The campaign also announced reaching the $1 million donations.
It said the $1 million mark was reached as of February 28, 2018.
In its last quarterly report to the Federal Election Commission, the campaign reported receiving $860,158 through the end of 2017.
The Miller campaign said more than 97 percent of the contributions have come from individuals and it it has “far outpaced her rivals in both the number of contributions (1,723) and individual donors (1,402).”
“By comparison, in 2017, the other six Democrats in the CD6 race as a group only had raised approximately $600,000 in donations from 500 individual supporters and political action committees,” the campaign said.
“Our campaign is continuing to gain momentum and strong support,” Miller said. “While the million-dollar milestone is notable, l am most excited about taking my issue-oriented message directly to the voters when the Maryland legislative session ends next month.”
The campaign also cited a series of high-profile endorsement it received. Among the Democrats who endorsed Miller are Montgomery County Executive lke Leggett, former Maryland Democratic Party Chair Terry Lierman and Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch.