The third quarter fundraising results are trickling in ... of the top two races we track here, the U.S. Senate and the 10th Congressional District, both Republican candidates handily outpaced their opponents.
First up, Congressman Mark Kirk significantly outraised State Teasurer Alexi Giannoulias, with $3.1 million raised by Kirk, to only $2.3 million raised by Sexy Lexi. About a million of that was a direct result of President Obama parachuting into Chicago to save the floundering Alexi campaign in the wake of continued questions and evasions from Alexi on his mob banking ties and Bright Start college fund travesty. Perhaps more significantly, however, Alexi reportedly had only $1.2 million in the bank at the end of September. Conversely, today Team Kirk justly crowed about having $4.4 million in their campaign warchest. We've heard that Kirk intends to spend every last dime he has in this close race, and based on his M.O. from the last two cycles, we believe he will. Kirk also appears to be winning the battle of the independent contributions.
Turning to the 10th Congressional District, newcomer Robert Dold early in the month reported raising about $843,000 in the third quarter, and reported almost $1,000,000 cash-on-hand at the end of September. We wondered why Dan Seals did not match Dold's press release with his own numbers, and now we know why: Seals lagged Dold significantly, with around $650,000 raised for the quarter. Dold also beat Seals soundly in the bank balance race, with Seals reporting only around $600,000 cash.
Meanwhile, over in the 8th Congressional District, despite a small (very small?) group of devoted (shall we say rabid?) supporters, GOP candidate Joe Walsh was crushed by incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean, with Bean having over $1 million in the bank compared to Walsh's $7,000, with around $132,000 raised by Walsh for the quarter. What is it with the 8th District anyway? Unsurprisingly, Bean is going up on network T.V. this week, according to the Tribune's Clout Street Blog. Looks like Walsh has maybe enough for a partial district mailer.