Destination 270

SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

AZ: Dems Out Raise GOP

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Democrats outraised Republicans in Arizona last September in all three congressional races as well as the close Senate race. The congressional races follow a similar financial pattern.

Jeff Flake (R), Senate candidate, raised $1.3 million between August 9 through the month of September, according to reports filed by the Federal Election Commission. While his opponent, Carmona (D), reported $1.8 million. However, conservative outside groups opposed to Carmona, former U.S. surgeon general, outspent groups opposed to Flake by $667,000 through Monday.

In the congressional race, Kyrsten Sinema (D) raised $665,000 in contrast with Republican Vernon Parker’s $372,000 in Congressional District 9. Both candidates have been bombarded with more than $1 million in negative spending by outside groups.

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber (R) narrowly led Republican challenger Martha McSally in fundraising in the district that covers much of Tucson and southeastern Arizona. Barber took in $476,000 while McSally raised $433,000.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio has raised more than $8 million in this election cycle and had about $3.9 million on hand as of late September. However, Arpaio, known for being a sketchy candidate, is under scrutiny for his campaign finances. Irene Montoya Hemphill filed a compliant saying that Arpaio violated the state campaign-finance law by listing his campaign consultant as the recipient of more than $1.5 million in campaign funds. Also,a supporter of former Phoenix police Sgt. Paul Penzone filed a complaint against Sheriff Joe Arpaio accusing the sheriff of failing to disclose where he spends campaign finances.

Campaign finance indicate how enthusiastic supporters are about their candidates. If campaigns promote their candidates well and voters believe their candidate will win, finances can tell us how likely their supporters will turn out to vote. Given the fact Democrats out fundraised Republicans indicates that Democrats have a slight advantage and more enthusiastic base in this up coming general election.

Keep checking Destination 270 for all your election updates and stories.

Also, check out the AZ Central Article:  Democratic fundraisers outdo GOP

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