Friday, August 20, 2010

Which candidates for the NC General Assembly have the most money to spend before the election? The NC Free Enterprise Foundation posted convenient lists of the cash-on-hand for candidates in the state House and state Senate elections, based on disclosure reports through June 30, 2010. For example, Senate Democratic candidates Margaret Dickson, David Redwine, Jim Leutze and Dewey Hudson trailed their opponents in open seat contests. All House Democratic candidates have 2.4 times as much as Republicans, but Senate Republican candidates are basically even with Democrats, thanks largely to loans many have made to themselves (e.g., Neal Hunt, Richard Stevens and Don East). It will be interesting to see how much money the flush candidates share with their colleagues in tight races. Importantly, Republicans gained control of the state House in the 1994 election after achieving fundraising parity with Democrats for the first time in many decades.

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