Senate Democrats Jump Out to 2-1 Lead over GOP

Sep 07, 2010

For Immediate Release                                                                               
Contact: Kory Kozloski
September 8, 2010                                                                                                        
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Targeted candidates outraise GOP, enjoy large cash advantage

MADISON – SSDC Executive Director Kory Kozloski today applauded the fundraising efforts by Senate Democratic incumbents and challengers.  Fundraising reports filed Tuesday show that targeted Senator’s and challengers outraised GOP opponents by tens of thousands of dollars, and now enjoy a 2-1 cash-on-hand advantage over the GOP heading into the fall campaigns. 

He pointed to specific highlights including:

  • In targeted races, Senate Democrats lead the GOP $700,000 to $364,000.
  • Jim Sullivan surged ahead of Leah Vukmir in both fundraising ($33,526 to $30,124), and in cash-on-hand ($138,730 to $130,082).  This advantage comes on the heels of recent poll numbers showing Sullivan leading the polarizing Vukmir.
  • Dr. Monk Elmer outraised all three of his opponents combined.  His $92,230 is more than triple the combined war chests of Dave Hutchinson, Frank Lasee, and Jon Soyring.
  • Sen. John Lehman outraised Van Wanggaard 5 to 1, and now has $112,776 compared to only $33,036 for Wanggaard.
  • Sen. Pat Kreitlow continues to more than double Terry Moulton’s campaign cash.  After out-raising Moulton, Kreitlow’s advantage grew to $148,496 vs. $64,429 for the twice-defeated former State Representative.
  • Kathleen Vinehout continued to best Ed Thompson, gathering $64,667 to Thompson’s $47,827, leaving the former Libertarian with a long road ahead in this strongly Democratic district.
  • Senator Russ Decker continued his strong showing, outraising both of his GOP opponents and amassing a nearly $100,000 cash advantage.
  • Grant County Supervisor Carol Beals outraised Sen. Dale Schultz 3-1.  Political insiders have noted that Beals is potential dark horse this fall and could mount a very real challenge in this Democratic leaning district.
  • The SSDC continued to outpace its GOP counterpart, doubling up on the Republicans, $127,770 to $61,754.

Paid for by the State Senate Democratic Committee, Jon Erpenbach, Treasurer.