Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT: Arizona's Senate Race Currently 7th Most Expensive In Nation; Sinema Amasses $6.7M Warchest

Arizona's election to replace the retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is currently listed as the 7th most expensive in the nation. And, although she was outraised by House colleague Rep. Martha McSally (R-CD2) in the last quarter, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema's (D-CD9) campaign warchest has swelled to $6.7M. The three major Republican candidates had $3.9M COMBINED in their bank accounts on April 1.

Sinema raised $2.4M during the 1st three months of this year, and spent slightly less than $1M. Over the past three quarters, her cash on hand has swelled from $4.2M to $5.1M to the current $6.7M.

By comparison, McSally - who faces a three-way GOP primary contest - has $3.2M in the bank. The closest Democratic rival is Deedra Abboud, and she had less than $2,000 in the bank on January 1. (We published this article yesterday about some of Arpaio's and McSally's reports; we are still waiting for the FEC to post other reports.)

The Center for Responsive Politics has listed Arizona's Senate race as #7 in the nation as far as total spending so far. That gives a good overall picture of the nature of the race. (However, there are some anomalies that we have noticed in the Arizona numbers - such as using the McSally For Congress report instead of the yet-to-be-published McSally For Senate, which causes her transfer to be counted as spending.)

The primary election is on August 28.

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