Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

GOP Senate Primaries

Here is a rundown of the cash on hand for all the declared and possible GOP Senate primary races.

Declared challenges:

Walter Stosch: no report yet (had $266,281 at 6/30/06)
Joe Blackburn: $57,366

Brandon Bell: $65,879
Ralph Smith: no report

John Watkins: $156,271
David Johnson: no report

Possible Challenges:

John Chichester: $336,675
Ken Stolle: $233,585
Emmett Hanger: $40,840
Fred Quayle: $57,548
Tommy Norment: $218,821

With these numbers, it could push some people away from challenging Chichester, Stolle and Norment due to their huge warchests. Conversely, Hanger and Quayle could draw one due to their relatively small warchests; which could be matched by a potential candidate quickly.

I will keep you up to date on any new developments in this arena.


  • At 1/18/2007 8:53 AM, Blogger James Atticus Bowden said…

    The problem isn't the money. The problem is finding good people who want to run for public office.

    It means 24/7 work in the election. Public disclosure of personal finances. And incumbents are going to attack you personally and viciously.

    Still we need Conservative candidates to run for Republican seats.

  • At 1/18/2007 11:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't think any Democrat will run against Norment or Chichester, and doubt any Republican could beat them in a primary.

  • At 1/18/2007 1:08 PM, Blogger James Atticus Bowden said…

    Anon: A Conservative can beat Norment or Chichester. Gotta have a nametag to do it.

  • At 1/19/2007 1:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    james, who's gonna do it?

  • At 4/07/2007 12:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am interested in running against Fred Quayle in the Republican primary. Is there interest out there?


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