Kleeb Coming Up Short
Still no word on any Democrat candidates for constitutional offices — including Governor. Despite Jane Kleeb’s stardom and supposed focus on recruitment, there are still no Democrat candidates for statewide representation in Lincoln.
And ICYMI, Independent candidate for governor, i.e. de facto Democrat candidate, Bob Krist found his way out of Omaha in a fly around across the state. Don Walton’s column this week mentioned Krist’s uphill battle in fundraising. Getting on the ballot seems like a more immediate problem.
Last Friday and Saturday, Republican leaders from across the state came together for the fall NEGOP State Central Committee meeting in Kearney. Governor Pete Ricketts, Senator Deb Fischer, Secretary of State candidate Bob Evnen, Senator Mike Groene, Senator John Lowe, and others were in attendance.
Senator John Murante, who has been on the trail for State Treasurer for months, was there — as expected. But the meeting also turned out his primary opponent Taylor Royal, hardly a regular at these functions.
Ricketts and Fischer rallied the crowd, speaking of the importance of electing conservative leaders up and down the ballot, from their races to state legislative races. The committee also passed a resolution supporting Fischer’s re-election.
The rest of the federal fundraising numbers are out and Republicans continue to lead.
In the US Senate race, Fischer handily outraised her Democrat opponent Jane Raybould. Fischer raised $585k with more than $2.1 million cash on hand to Raybould’s $140k raised and $117k cash on hand. Raybould’s number includes $25k she loaned herself. Rough start for what should be a big first quarter in the race.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry raised $107k and finished with an astounding $1.7 million cash on hand. His Democrat opponents ran far behind – Dennis Crawford raised $1,700 and has just $8k cash on hand. Jessica McClure raised $2,700 and had just $859 cash on hand at the end. There’s just no comparison with the Fort.
Congressman Adrian Smith raised $175k and ended Q3 with $1.1 million cash on hand.