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Republicans are big spenders this election cycle
I’ve been taking a look at the most recent campaign finance reports before Tuesday’s election. Here are some of the highlights:
Republican candidates as a collective are putting more than five times the amount of money into their campaigns as compared to their opponents.
The newest filings, which cover up to Oct. 26, show that the five Republican candidates have raised about $170,000, compared to the almost $30,000 for their six opponents. They’ve also spent just over $138,000, whereas the other six have spent a collective $23,000.
Contested seats on Tuesday’s ballot include three Board of Supervisors districts—Rock Hill, George Washington and Griffis-Widewater, as well as the Sheriff and Commonwealth’s Attorney. See our Election Guide.
By far, the leader in campaign funds coming in and going out is Eric Olsen, a Republican running for the empty Commonwealth Attorney’s office. He has raised close to $82,000, more than twice the second highest fundraiser, sheriff incumbent Charles Jett, also a Republican. That’s also about 8.5 times more than the total fundraising by Olsen’s opponent, defense attorney Tim Barbrow, who is running as an independent. Olsen’s campaign has spent almost $76,000, Barbrow’s has spent just over $8,100.
The difference in funds in the sheriff’s race is even more vast. Jett has raised 26 times more than his opponent, independent Chuck Feldbush. The two also faced off in 1999, with Jett winning the position. Jett has raisedjust over $38,000, and Feldbush $1,400.
The least money is invested in the race for the Rock Hill seat, which pits board critic Dean Fetterolf against Republican incumbent Cord Sterling.
The numbers are closer for the two candidates in the George Washington District, Republican Bob Thomas and Democrat Charles Latimer.
Republican Keith Angle is taking the lead in the most money spent and received in the race for the Griffis-Widewater seat. Running against him are former supervisor Jack Cavalier, running as an independent, and Democrat Fred Sweat.