Democrats hold 2 to 1 fundraising advantage heading into fall election

Legislative candidates will enter the coming election season with $13 million in their coffers, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Democratic candidates hold the advantage with just under $9 million, while Republicans hold $4.2 million in reserve.

According to a release from the state Election Law Enforcement Commission, $13 million is at least the second highest total ever reported in a legislative election.

“Now the real battle begins,” said ELEC Executive Director Jeff Brindle.  “This is the first time in four years that all 120 seats are up for re-election.  The stakes are high this fall.  Control of the Legislature and the policy agenda are in play this November.”

Incumbents hold a huge cash advantage over challengers with $11.5 million on hand, while challengers hold just $1.5 million.

Democrats hold 2 to 1 fundraising advantage heading into fall election