Two of the leading candidates for the Louisiana U.S. Senate seat report raising about $1 million each during the past three months.
Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, a Democrat, raised right at $1 million, according to his campaign. Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy said he raised $946,083 in contributions.
The quarterly campaign finance reports have to be postmarked by Thursday night for a filing deadline of Sunday. The filings first go through the U.S. Senate. The reports, which cover April 1 through July 2, will be made public next week by the Federal Elections Commission.
But some campaigns report their good news ahead of the public release.
Others in the race, including Republican U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany and John Fleming, retired U.S. Air Force officer Rob Maness, a tea party favorite, and Democrat Caroline Fayard, a New Orleans lawyer, wouldn’t comment on their fundraising activities during the past three months.
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But Republican Abhay Patel, a New Orleans businessman making his first bid for public office, announced his report will show a little more than $300,000 was raised in less than two months since filing to run. “This filing demonstrates the growing appetite for my candidacy and the need for fresh ideas and leadership from political outsiders,” Patel said in a statement.
Kennedy has raised $1.76 million so far for this election and spent $379,611, according to his report. He has $1.38 million of cash on hand. Kennedy said about 97 percent of the contributions are from Louisiana donors.
Campbell is sitting with about $875,000 of available cash.
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About 90 percent of Campbell’s donations come from Louisiana donors from more than 95 municipalities across the state, according to Mary-Patricia Wray, a spokeswoman for the Campbell campaign.
Campbell has been endorsed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, who has hosted fundraisers for the utility regulator from Bossier Parish.
The race is to replace U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who is stepping down at the end of his term. The election is set for Nov. 8, with a Dec. 10 runoff of the top two vote-getters if no candidate has more than 50 percent of the vote.
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Also running for the seat is former Congressman Joseph Cao, R-Harvey; former Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert, of Baton Rouge, who is running without party affiliation; as well as Democratic candidates Josh Pellerin, of Lafayette, and Peter Williams, of Lettsworth.