Republican candidates are outraising their Democratic opponents in every key statewide race, the second weekly filings ahead of the 2018 general election show.
In the race for governor, Republican Gov. Kay Ivey reported raising $193,293.14 last week, nearly doubling the contributions received by her Democratic challenger Walt Maddox, who raised $105,113 last week.
Ivey has maintained a strong fundraising lead over Maddox, though Maddox has regularly reported more unique contributions than Ivey. This week, Maddox reported more than 240 different contributions, the majority of which were from individuals, while Ivey reported 80 contributions, many of which were from business interests and PACs.
Ivey finished last week with $288,586.96 in her campaign account. Maddox had $167,479.57 in cash on hand.
State Rep. Will Ainsworth, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor maintained a hefty lead over his Democratic challenger Will Boyd last week, too.
Ainsworth raised $85,135 between Oct. 15 and Oct. 19. That’s exponentially more than the amount Boyd raised, $660. Ainsworth also outpaced Boyd in the number of unique contributions.
Boyd finished the period with $1,182.96 in cash on hand to Ainsworth’s ending balance of $324,455.29.
In a reversal from the first weekly reports on Oct. 15, Democratic candidate for attorney general, Joe Siegelman, fell behind Republican Attorney General Steve Marshall in fundraising last week.
Marshall reported $58,675.00 in contributions between Oct. 15 and Oct. 19, while Siegelman reported $14,484.20 in contributions last week. Despite the difference, Siegelman still outpaced Marshall in the number of unique contributions to his campaign. Marshall had 25 contributions, while Siegelman had 85 contributions.
Marshall had an ending balance of $260,682.35 to Marshall’s ending balance of $23,194.05.
In a stark reversal from the previous reporting period, Republican candidate for Supreme Court chief justice, sitting Justice Tom Parker, outraised Democratic Circuit Court Judge Bob Vance.
Parker ended the period with $177,147.54 in cash on hand. Vance had an ending balance of $118,241.
Secretary of State
Republican Secretary of State John Merrill continued a fundraising lead over Democrat Heather Milam. Merrill raised $13,600 last week, outpacing Milam’s reported contributions of $4,490.
Merrill has far more cash on hand, too, reporting an ending balance of $205,422.21. Milam reported only $5,921.14 in cash on hand last week.
In another flip from last week, Republican State Auditor Jim Zeigler outraised Democratic challenger Miranda Joseph.
Joseph finished the period with $2,904.95, while Zeigler finished the period with $12,246.28 in cash on hand.