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On Thursday, 12 days before the election, all the presidential and congressional candidates will file finance reports with the Federal Election Commission, which will give the public a detailed look at their fundraising and spending for the first part of October.1
Candidates for president and the House submit their reports electronically, so we’ll be able to see them as soon as they’re filed. Not so for the Senate, which insists that its candidates print out their reports and submit them on paper.2 The Senate filing details are then entered manually before the data is made public. As a result, we won’t have updated fundraising and spending details for those candidates until close to, or in some cases after, Election Day.
The most up-to-date numbers we have for Senate candidates, then, are those through Sept. 30. Some of the highlights:
- In Wisconsin, the candidates — the Republican incumbent, Ron Johnson, and the Democrat, former Sen. Russ Feingold — have a combined cash on hand of more than $10 million, split about evenly between the two candidates. That’s the most of any of the competitive Senate races.
- In Pennsylvania, the incumbent, Republican Pat Toomey, has more than twice as much cash on hand as the Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty.
- In Florida, Republican Marco Rubio entered October with about $2.7 million more in the bank than his Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy.
- Chuck Schumer of New York, the incumbent Democrat and a prodigious fundraiser, isn’t expected to have any trouble keeping his seat but is also near the top of the list for cash raised. He is expected to use some of that money to help fellow Democrats in more competitive races, which will help generate loyalty assuming he becomes the Senate Democratic leader, as expected.
Here’s what each major-party Senate candidate has raised from individuals over the past two years, as well as how much cash on hand each had going into October:
|STATE||PARTY||CANDIDATE||INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTIONS||CASH ON HAND|
|NV||D||Catherine Cortez Masto||10,885,353||2,250,349|
|MD||D||Chris Van Hollen||7,900,838||1,457,789|
|LA||R||John Neely Kennedy||2,483,801||1,341,092|