Friday, May 30, 2008

Another Take on Money and the Senate Race

Yesterday I wrote that Kay Hagan would have trouble knocking off Elizabeth Dole if she couldn't match her dollar for dollar.

The Senate Guru, who maintains an outstanding blog here about the Senate races across the country wrote in to remind me that isn't necessarily the case.

He reported that in 2006 George Allen spent more than three times as much as Jim Webb, Jim Talent spent more than twice as much as Claire McCaskill, and Rick Santorum and Conrad Burns spent nearly twice as much as Bob Casey and Jon Tester respectively. In all four of those cases the Democratic challenger knocked off the Republican incumbent in spite of the money deficit.

I don't think the political climate is quite as toxic for Republicans this year as it was in 2006, mostly because GOP voters who were so unhappy with their party then that they didn't come out to vote seem more likely to come cast a ballot for President. Nevertheless, the Senate Guru has a good point- although it sure would be nice if Hagan could match Dole dollar for dollar!

3 comments:

Chris said...

I think its important to remember that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) had a huge cash advantage over their Republican counterpart in 2006 and in 2008. Whatever the individual candidates lack in cash will be made up by the DSCC.

Lance S said...

Looks like the DSCC is really rolling out the big guns for Kay. On June 9 they're hosting a $1,000/$5,000/$10,000 reception in Raleigh with Gov. Hunt and Sens. McCaskill and Tester. Then on June 29 they're hosting a $5,000/$15,000/$30,800 reception in Charlotte with Sen. Schumer and "other members of the Senate Democratic Caucus". So they certainly are going full bore to raise money for her.

Anonymous said...

I really hope Hagan wins, she is 100 times better the Dole. I really do hope we the people in NC don't re-vote her in.

 
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