When it comes to fundraising, reports show every race has a frontrunner

10/13/2011 05:32 PM

Each of the races this fall features a match-up of the “haves” and the “have nots.”

Of the five down-ballot races, three Democrats enjoy large advantages in money raised and cash on hand heading into the final month of campaign: Attorney General Jack Conway, Auditor candidate Adam Edelen and Secretary of State candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Those three — plus Republican candidate for agriculture commissioner James Comer — all enter the final three weeks of the race with at least $350,000 to spend — enough for healthy TV ad buys on key Kentucky broadcast stations and cable.

Here’s how much the candidates have raised in the general election (starting after the May primary) and how much they have still in the bank.:

In the Attorney General’s race:

  • Jack Conway reported raising $711,405 for the general election and has $459,303 cash on hand.
  • Republican challenger Todd P’Pool reported raising $485,000 and has $81,661 on hand.

In the auditor’s race:

  • Adam Edelen raised $642,130 and reports $540,805 cash on hand.
  • His opponent, Republican John Kemper, raised $35,664 and has $10,102 on hand.

In the Secretary of State race:

  • Republican Bill Johnson raised $62,451 and has $19,969 on hand.
  • Alison Grimes has raised $412,378 and has $355,589 on hand.

In the Agriculture Commissioner’s race:

  • Republican candidate for agriculture commissioner, James Comer, reported raising $444,190 for the general election and has $400,082 on hand.
  • Democratic candidate Bob Farmer raised $112,288 and has $95,581 on hand.

And in the treasurer race:

  • Republican K.C. Crosbie’s campaign says she is carrying $181,000 cash on hand for the final weeks.
  • That’s nearly double the $101,638 incumbent Treasurer Todd Hollenbach, a Democrat, has on hand.
  • Libertarian candidate Ken Moellman has $1,454 on hand.


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