Friday, October 17, 2008

LA-Sen - Landrieu outraising GOP challenger

Mary Landrieu (D-LA), once viewed as the most vulnerable Democratic U.S. senator in the country, enjoys a substantial fundraising advantage over her Republican opponent.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu has raised $9.5 million in campaign contributions for her re-election bid, according to Federal Election Commission reports released Thursday.

The Democrat collected $4 million more than her Republican opponent, state Treasurer John Kennedy.

Kennedy raised $5.2 million, including $262,153 during the last reporting period covering the three months ending Sept. 30.

Kennedy received big support from the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Republican National Committee, each contributing $17,500 during the period.
The bad news for Kennedy is that the NRSC has pulled its advertising money out of Louisiana. The Washington Post reported earlier this week that the Republicans are effectively giving up on their only opportunity for a senate pickup this year in order to focus on protecting Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), and Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), who are facing unexpectedly strong challenges from their Democratic opponents.

Polling shows Landrieu with a double-digit lead over Kennedy, a former Democrat who switched parties and challenged the incumbent at the urging of Karl Rove.

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