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.