Monday, July 26, 2010

State Senate Pre-Primary Filing Statements Analysis

(Cross-posted at ML and BFM-pb)

State Senate Pre-Primary Filing Statements

While I have much more information on my subscription-only database, I figured that please might appreciate some basic information about the top fundraisers for Michigan State Senate primary races. Again, for those interested in the complete set of financial data, you can request a subscription at peterbratt@gmail.com.

Nearly all candidates have reported their financial data (with the glaring exceptions of Rebekah Warren in the 18th and Coleman Young Jr. in the 1st). The top fifteen candidates in terms of money raised are listed in the link provided below:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AtAGGuZPwuifdEJKek50RmN3N3BkZTg3YVlJVmZHOUE&hl=en

11 of the top fundraisers of Republicans, and two are in the 20th State Senate District primary. David LaGrand and David Hildenbrand are two other top fundraisers, and are potential opponents in a general election matchup in the 29th State Senate District. The top 15 spenders are listed next (the second tab of the spreadsheet):
https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AtAGGuZPwuifdEJKek50RmN3N3BkZTg3YVlJVmZHOUE&hl=en

Incumbents and candidates personally financing their campaigns dominate the list of candidates with the most cash on hand listed on the third tab of the spreadsheet:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AtAGGuZPwuifdEJKek50RmN3N3BkZTg3YVlJVmZHOUE&hl=en

Republicans hold all but two of the top 15 spots on the fourth spreadsheet linked below.
https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AtAGGuZPwuifdEJKek50RmN3N3BkZTg3YVlJVmZHOUE&hl=en

While money can’t buy victory, it sure can help. However, in a couple of primaries, namely the 11th and 20th Republican races, the candidates are literally locked in a spending arms race in the final weeks. Should be interesting to see what happens on August 3.

An analysis of the State House races will be provided later this week.

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