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Democrats lead the pack in fundraising for 2011 Kentucky elections

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June 24, 2011

By David Godow

Kentucky
Democratic candidates in Kentucky's 2011 elections have a commanding fundraising lead in four of six major state executive races, according to Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

Out of the contests Ballotpedia this election season, two saw a Republican raise more than his Democratic rival, while in two prominent races -- for Governor of Kentucky and Kentucky Secretary of State -- the Democrat candidates take a dominating financial lead.[1] Incumbent Governor Steve Beshear has outraised his opponent David Williams by almost 5-to-1, while in the race for secretary of state, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has brought in a whopping 17 times more than her Republican opponent, Bill Johnson.

In one of the races where a Republican holds a fundraising end -- the contest for Kentucky Attorney General -- the most recent numbers suggest the Democrat might gain the advantage. Though Republican Todd P'Pool has outraised Democrat Jack Conway by $200,000 with the help of a $150,000 personal loan to his campaign, Conway ended the primary season's last reporting period by raking in $118,855 to P'Pool's $20,705. Though Conway still lags behind in cash on hand, continued strong fundraising could see that disadvantage evaporate.[2]

One down-ballot race, for state treasurer, has seen both parties' candidates bring in roughly equal amounts; Democrat incumbent Todd Hollenbach and Republican challenger K.C. Crosbie have both raised about $75,000, though Crosbie enters the general election season with a considerable advantage in cash on hand. And in only one race, for agriculture commissioner, has a Republican taken a commanding lead.

Governor

Candidate Total Receipts Total Disbursements Cash on Hand (as of 5/17)
Steve Beshear (D) $5,037,627 $4,551,657 $485,969
David Williams (R) $1,369,840 $1,280.497 $89,363

Attorney General

Candidate Total Receipts Total Disbursements Cash on Hand (as of 5/17)
Jack Conway (D) $285,303 $23,467 $261,835
Todd P'Pool (R) $487,172 $86,665 $400,507

Secretary of State

Candidate Total Receipts Total Disbursements Cash on Hand (as of 5/17)
Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) $432,285 $386,349 $45,911
Bill Johnson (R) $25,691 $23,861 $1,860

Treasurer

Candidate Total Receipts Total Disbursements Cash on Hand (as of 5/17)
Todd Hollenbach (D) $76,979 $28,200 $48,778
K.C. Crosbie (R) $73,535 $4,025 $69,509

Auditor

Candidate Total Receipts Total Disbursements Cash on Hand (as of 5/17)
Adam Edelen (D) $436,280 $434,301 $1,978
John T. Kemper, III (R) $29,491 $26,120 $3,370

Commissioner of Agriculture

Candidate Total Receipts Total Disbursements Cash on Hand (as of 5/17)
Robert Farmer (D) $17,191 $16,790 $400
James R. Comer (R) $207,830 $166,914 $40,915

See also

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