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Garry Rayno's State House Dome: Contribution, expenditure reports show wide range
Only one of the gubernatorial candidates flexed real fundraising muscle, Gov Maggie Hassan. Sheraised $2.1 million, including funds under her exploratory political action committee.
The GOP has spent considerable time talking about the $33,000 Hassan had to return to two union PACs, but that is a drop in the bucket to what she raised overall. The money was reported as both contributions and expenditures going back to the unions.
The two major Republican gubernatorial contenders had difficulty raising money, unless it was their own.
Earlier, Havenstein said he had no intention of self-funding, but obviously he is doing just that. There could be two reasons: it is difficult to raise money when you have plenty of it to spend (as Benson found out), or contributors want to see a buy-in from the candidate before they ante up.
Hemingway released a two-word statement: "David Brat." That's a reference to the Virginia Tea Party candidate who was significantly outspent by U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor but who won the GOP primary for a U.S. House seat.
Not that long ago, raising $50,000 or $60,000 for an executive council campaign would be enough to win re-election, or at least make it a competitive race.
District 4 incumbent Chris Pappas, D-Manchester, raised a record $133,000 to date for his re-election bid and has cash of $109,000. He has a primary opponent in Maria A. Chilson of Manchester. She didn't file a report. You don't have to file a report if you raise less than $500.
More big money was raised in the District 5 GOP primary between Steve Hattamer of Hollis and former councilor David Wheeler of Milford.
On the Democratic side, former Rep. Jennifer Daler of Temple raised $6,901 and has $3,834 in cash, while Nashua alderman Diane Sheehan raised $5,728 but spent $11,654.
Kenney faces a rematch with Michael Cryans, D-Hanover, who lost the special election on town meeting day, but raised $28,962 and has cash of $20,357.
Republicans believe Sen. Peggy Gilmour, D-Hollis, is vulnerable in the district that is more Republican after the political boundaries were redrawn two years ago.
Boutin faces former Rep. Jane Cormier in a primary, with the winner facing long-time Democratic activist Maureen Raiche Manning of Manchester in the general election.
Kendra, who toyed with running for governor several years ago, raised $33,270 for the primary, $8,300 his own money.
The winner will face Rep. Chris Mums of Hampton. Mums, who does not have a primary, has raised $82,754.
The GOP winner will face Rep. Linda Tanner, D-Sunapee, a long-time teacher in the Kearsarge Regional School District which makes up more than a third of the district.
Republicans believe District 18 Sen. Donna Soucy, D-Manchester, is vulnerable. The Republican primary pits Rep. George Lambert, R-Litchfield, against Manchester Board of School Committee member Robyn Dunphy.
Soucy raised $146,843 and does not have a primary.
There are two races in which the Republican winner is all but guaranteed to win the general election, Districts 11 and 19.
That opened the floodgates for Republicans. Rep. Gary Daniels of Milford, former Rep. Maureen Mooney of Merrimack, Merrimack town councilor Daniel Dwyer and Merrimack attorney Dan Hynes all filed for the seat.
The House returns two days later to take up the vetoes of its three bills and the Senate bill if that is overridden two days earlier.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will be addressing the Hillsborough County Republican Committee's Primary Gala Sept. 6.
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