The July campaign finance reports for legislative candidates have been filed with the Secretary of State's office, which makes it a good time to review how State Senate candidates are faring in their fundraising efforts.
I analyzed the reports for 13 State Senate races that will likely determine the balance of power in the 2013 legislative session.
For most of the candidates, July was a slow fundraising month. It is tough to raise campaign money in the summertime as donors are on family vacations or just not plugged in yet politically.
When you combine the total amount of cash-on-hand for all 13 Senate candidates, Senate Democratic candidates have $160,297 more available funds than Senate Republican candidates. That is a significant advantage. However, from July 1-31, Senate Republican candidates outraised Democrats by $15,158.
It must be noted that two Republican candidates recent reports were unavailable for different reasons.
Republican Ron Caldwell is a replacement candidate for Tommy Caubble who passed away in July. Caldwell likely did not raise money last month so he would not have to file a report.
As of Tuesday morning, the Secretary of State's office had not received a July report from Republican David Sanders. Campaign finance reports must either be physically in the Secretary of State's office by August 15, or have been mailed by August 15. When Sanders' report arrives, I'll update this post.
Linda Tyler raised $14,435 last month making her the Senate candidate who raised the most last month. However, her opponent, Jason Rapert, had the largest warchest of all the candidates with $100,136 cash on hand on July 31.
Senate Democratic candidates as a whole currently have a financial advantage over their Republican opponents. However, it's still a long way until November and Senate Republican candidates will no doubt work to erase that advantage.
Here are the details for the 13 races:
John Paul Wells – D
$16,590 (Cash on hand)
Gary Stubblefield – R
$27,528 (Cash on hand)
Steve Harrellson – D
$15,603 (Cash on hand)
Jimmy Hickey – R
$91,844 (Cash on hand)
Mike Fletcher – D
$68,332 (Cash on hand)
Allan Clark – R
$24,435 (Cash on hand)