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  Senate Candidates Already Up and Running

The Washington Post
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998; Page A17

Senate Candidates set Fund-Raising Record in the First Half of 1997
January to June 1997: Top Senate Fund-Raisers
Key Races: The Senate
Last year wasn't an election year, but candidates for the Senate were busy in 1997 raising money for their next campaign. Senate candidates set a record for off-year fund-raising prowess in the first half of 1997 and showed no sign of letting up in the final six months.

These Senate fund-raising numbers come from reports filed with the Federal Election Commission for states where at least one candidate had more than $1 million in cash on hand minus debt for 1997. The amount a campaign owes a candidate is not counted as debt but is included in the amount raised for the year. For instance, Darrell Issa's fund-raising total in California includes close to $6 million from his own pocket. Geraldine A. Ferraro in New York and Frank Riggs in California filed for candidacy after the end of the year and are not included.

Several races on the list below are washingtonpost.com key races for Campaign '98. Click on the highlighted state names for the complete coverage of each race.

  Raised in '97 Spent in '97 From PACs Cash on Hand
Alabama
Incumbent: Richard C. Shelby (R) $2,685,061 $310,710 31% $5,281,114
California
Incumbent:
Challengers:
Barbara Boxer (D)
Darrell Issa (R)
Matt Fong (R)
$4,589,560
$6,026,518
$1,761,773
$2,798,852
$2,956,100
$1,164,827
12%
0%
23%
$2,827,471   
$3,057,856 *
$513,460   
Connecticut
Incumbent:
Challenger:
Christopher J. Dodd (D)
Gary Franks (R)
$2,255,134
$520,874
$661,453
$376,046
30%
3%
$2,850,735   
$144,828 *
Florida
Incumbent:
Challenger:
Bob Graham (D)
Charles Crist (R)
$2,285,500
$585,772
$363,614
$235,667
22%
6%
$3,046,528
$508,874
Georgia
Incumbent:
Challenger:
Paul Coverdell (R)
Michael Coles (D)
$1,826,865
$464,997
$585,104
$53,779
25%
8%
$2,433,044
$411,218
Indiana
Open seat Evan Bayh (D)
Peter Rusthoven (R)
John Price (R)
$1,744,031
$247,706
$69,145
$414,961
$133,610
$66,200
21%
1%
0%
$2,924,064  
$112,339  
$2,944 *
Iowa
Incumbent: Charles E. Grassley (R) $980,983 $236,915 49% $1,789,327
Kentucky
Open seat Scotty Baesler (D)
Steve Henry (D)
Jim Bunning (R)
$666,812
$704,452
$1,049,109
$249,373
$91,512
$211,922
11%
4%
33%
$326,207  
$612,940 *
$1,055,576  
Louisiana
Incumbent:
Challenger:
John Breaux (D)
James Donelon
$2,476,864
$20,750
$611,922
$16,095
34%
0%
$3,275,372
-$5,319
Maryland
Incumbent: Barbara A. Mikulski (D) $1,380,269 $716,813 30% $1,225,041
Missouri
Incumbent:
Challenger:
Christopher S. Bond (R)
Jay Nixon (D)
$2,439,113
$1,090,952
$686,026
$323,217
33%
17%
$2,294,971
$767,734
Nevada
Incumbent:
Challengers:
Harry M. Reid (D)
Bruce James (R)
John Ensign (R)
$1,062,305
$1,304,035
$958,584
$442,476
$1,132,824
$190,727
37%
1%
34%
$1,661,040  
$171,211 *
$901,436  
New York
Incumbent:
Challengers:
Alfonse M. D'Amato (R)
Charles E. Schumer (D)
Mark Green (D)
$6,626,215
$9,714,621
$1,201,817
$4,276,939
$1,234,288
$755,714
12%
1%
1%
$9,185,195
$8,480,362
$700,779
North Carolina
Incumbent:
Challenger:
Lauch Faircloth (R)
John R. Edwards (D)
$2,113,026
$846,925
$592,663
$454,255
26%
0%
$1,558,249  
$392,136 *
Ohio
Open seat George V. Voinovich (R)
Mary Boyle (D)
$2,317,562
$779,003
$813,706
$251,967
18%
9%
$2,800,654
$525,187
Oregon
Incumbent:
Challenger:
Ron Wyden (D)
John Lim (R)
$1,743,543
$78,605
$426,397
$35,646
26%
1%
$1,317,986
$42,958
Pennsylvania
Incumbent:
Challenger:
Arlen Specter (R)
Richard Orloski (D)
$3,175,051
$112,707
$715,067
$0
21%
9%
$3,392,600  
$108,050 *
South Carolina
Incumbent:
Challenger:
Ernest F. Hollings (D)
Steve Brown (R)
$1,645,631
$62,524
$397,428
$35,632
25%
0%
$1,707,144  
$17,210 *
South Dakota
Incumbent:
Challenger:
Thomas A. Daschle (D)
Alan Aker (R)
$2,932,876
$22,810
$1,516,605
$22,025
38%
2%
$1,713,136
-$3,384
Washington
Incumbent:
Challenger:
Patty Murray (D)
Linda A. Smith (R)
$1,434,688
$1,082,360
$571,767
$730,906
15%
0%
$1,148,120
$270,691
Wisconsin
Incumbent:
Challenger:
Russell Feingold (D)
Mark W. Neumann (R)
$1,312,125
$981,564
$661,288
$505,329
12%
8%
$1,149,497
$518,559

* These candidates made loans to their own campaigns: Richard Orloski: $100,000; Darrell Issa, $5.8 million; John Price: $14,000; Steve Brown: $34,000; Bruce James: $1.1 million; John R. Edwards: $480,000; Steve Henry: $170,000; Gary Franks: $50,000.

Source: Federal Election Commission


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