Last week was the deadline for the U.S. Congressional candidates to report how much money they have raised. This year’s race is a big one for Maryland: After five terms in office, U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced her retirement this March. In the fight to succeed her are frontrunners U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and U.S. Representative Donna F. Edwards (D-MD).
According to second quarter numbers, there is no contest between Van Hollen and Edwards when it comes to fundraising. The Washington Post reported a 3-to-1 advantage to Van Hollen, who raised close to $3.5 million compared to Edwards’ $924,000. Notably, while the majority of Donna Edwards’ funding comes from national progressive groups like Emily’s List, a group dedicated to getting pro-choice Democratic women into office, Van Hollen asserts that over 75% of his donations came straight from Maryland voters. If elected, Donna Edwards would be the second ever African-American woman elected to serve in the U.S. Senate, but Van Hollen is better situated financially to campaign for Mikulski’s Senate seat.
With both Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards seeking to replace Mikulski, they leave their own positions in the House of Representatives vacant. Former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey, former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown, Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Delegate Dereck E. Davis, former Councilwoman Ingrid Turner, Warren Christopher, and Lisa Renee Ransom are all vying for Edwards’ seat. Delegate Kumar Barve, Senator Jamie Raskin, Will Jawando, Delegate Ana Sol-Gutierrez , Valerie Ervin, and Kathleen Matthews are in the race to fill Van Hollen’s position.
Glenn Ivey took the lead in fundraising totals in the race for Donna Edwards’ seat after the first quarter, raising more than the other two candidates at the time, Anthony Brown and Joseline Peña-Melnyk, combined. Several other candidates joined in the race during the second quarter, yet Ivey remains well in the lead to date with a total of nearly $400,000. Second in fundraising is Ingrid Turner with $263,000; however, over 80% of that funding – $220,000 – is comprised of loans she made to her own campaign. The remainder of the candidates pulled in respectable amounts in the mid to low $100,000s (numbers were not available for candidate Lisa Renee Ransom).
Finally, in the race to succeed Van Hollen, State Senator Jamie Raskin emerged as frontrunner, raising $553,000. Close behind Raskin is Kathleen Matthews with $501,106 raised. Delegate Kumar Barve, the only candidate to report first-quarter fundraising, came up with a total of $229,000 and Will Jawando reported $112,000 (numbers were not available for Ana Sol-Gutierrez or Valerie Ervin).
Although fundraising numbers can be a useful tool in anticipating election results, they are not enough to give the complete picture of an individual campaign’s strength. Indeed, lesser-funded candidates can, and often do, win elections.
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