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Campaign finance reports show Democrats competitive in cash

Big money-raisers tend to be big winners
Posted at 5:39 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 12:33:21-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With under three weeks left before the upcoming November election, Thursday marked the deadline for candidates to submit their final campaign finance reports.

41 Action News wanted to take a look at how candidates in some big local races did in regards to how much they received, spent and how much they still have available.

Kansas U.S. Senate Race:
The race to fill the U.S. Senate seat in Kansas that's coming open due to the retirement of Republican Sen. Pat Roberts has become one of the most-watched senate races across the country.

One reason? The financial performance of Democrat Barbara Bollier.

According to their third quarter filings, Bollier holds a significant cash advantage over Republican Rep. Roger Marshal.

During the quarter, Bollier reported raising $12.8 million compared to the $2.7 million raised by Marshall.

As the pair enter the final weeks of the campaign, Bollier has $7.5 million in cash on hand, while Marshall has $1.7 million.

Missouri Governor Race:
In the area's other closely-watched race, Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is maintaining his fund-raising advantage over Democratic challenger, State Auditor Nicole Galloway.

In the third quarter, Parson reported raising $1.08 million to Galloway's $1.51 million.

In the stretch run of the campaign, Parson's campaign says they have $1.67 million in cash on hand, just slightly more than Galloway's $1.58 million.

Kansas' 3rd Congressional District:
In the race for the Kansas' 3rd Congressional District, Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids raised more money than her challenger, Republican Amanda Adkins.

Davids raised $1.4 million compared to Adkins $850,172 during the quarter.

Heading into the November election, Davids has about $1.8 million in the bank compared to Adkins' $429,691.

Kansas' 2nd Congressional District:
In the race for Kansas' 2nd Congressional District, Democrat and Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla raised more money than Republican Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner.

According to reports, De La Isla took in $742,561 compared to LaTurner's $572,214.

She heads into the final weeks of the race with $945,526 on hand, while LaTurner has $485,170.

Editors note: A previous version of the story incorrectly stated Governor Parson had raised $5.7 million in the third quarter and Auditor Galloway had raised $2.3 million in the third quarter. It also said Parson had $1.6 million cash on hand.

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