Money isn’t the only thing that matters, of course, but the third quarter Federal Election Commission reports go a long way toward signaling which campaigns are going to be contenders in 2010—and which ones are likely to be pretenders. After poring through the Oct. 15 FEC campaign finance reports, POLITICO identified some winners and losers in the most recent reporting period.
Likewise, the two Republicans pursuing the Florida GOP Senate nomination candidates—Gov. Charlie Crist and former state House Speaker Marco Rubio—raked in the dollars, easily outraising the Democrats’ likely nominee, Rep. Kendrick Meek.
The list goes on and on: In the race for President Obama’s old Senate seat, Republican Rep. Mark Kirk raised $1.6 million to outdistance his leading Democratic opponent, Alexi Giannoulias, in a solidly blue state.
In the Missouri Senate race, Republican Rep. Roy Blunt topped Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan by over $200,000 in the latest quarter. In New Hampshire, former state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte—a first-time candidate without any experience in elected politics—managed to narrowly outraise a sitting Democratic congressman, Paul Hodes.
And one GOP challenger even ended up raising more money than an incumbent Democratic senator. Former GOP Rep. Rob Simmons, who faces a contested Republican primary, took in $970,000 to powerful Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd’s $900,000.
The list starts in South Carolina, where Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You Lie!” outburst against President Barack Obama netted him a whopping $2.69 million–probably enough cash to last for the entire election.
I can hear the growl of the surf coming in even now. Some Democraps ought to be thinking about getting to High Ground.