Holden leading mayoral race in campaign dollars raised
With just a week before Election Day and the final campaign finance reports having been submitted, Democratic Mayor Kip Holden is winning the race for campaign cash and has nearly three times as much in his war chest as his main opponent, Republican Metro Councilman Mike Walker.
Between Sept. 28 and Oct. 17—the period covered in the latest campaign finance reports—Holden raised nearly $85,000, compared to Walker's $38,000, and has a total of more than $326,000 to spend in the final days of the campaign, while Walker has $133,000.
Holden also far outspent Walker during the three-week reporting period, shelling out nearly $176,000 on campaign ads to Walker's $38,000.
However, the reporting period does not include spending as of last week, which was when Walker began airing a high-profile and controversial TV ad about a Baton Rouge Police escort for Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan.
Reports also show that candidate Steve Myers, no party affiliation, has $124,500 to spend, most of which he has lent his campaign. Candidate Gordon Mese, who also has no party affiliation, is not accepting campaign contributions.
In the race for Louisiana Supreme Court 5th District seat, Jewel "Duke" Welch—a Republican who has the support of several of the area's well-known trial lawyers—is leading the crowded field of candidates in fundraising. He raised more than $170,000 during the three-week reporting period and has $267,000 to spend in the final weeks of the campaign. Other judicial candidates raised the following between Sept. 28 and Oct. 17: Republican Tim Kelley, $68,900; Republican Bill Morvant, $58,600; Democrat Mary Olive Pierson, $34,000; Republican Toni Higginbotham, $24,000; Democrat John Michael Guidry, $5,000. Republican Jeff Hughes and Jeffry Sanford, no party affiliation, did not report raising any funds.
In another local race of interest, Scott Angelle leads his fellow Republican opponent Erich Ponti in fundraising for the Public Service Commission District 2 contest. Angelle raised nearly $69,000 during the latest reporting period and has more than $342,000 to spend in the final three weeks of the campaign. Ponti raised $20,000 and has $136,000 available.
To view the campaign finance reports of all candidates in more detail, click here.
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