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.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

22nd Primary Finances

Unlike the race in the 24th; the 22nd is seen by most as a longshot of an upset. Brandon Bell is favored, and the financial reports explain that.

Raised:
Brandon Bell: $253,199 ($54,706 this period)
Ralph Smith: $59,518 ($10,097 this period)

Cash on Hand:
Brandon Bell: $38,033
Ralph Smith: $14,397

Bell commands a 4-1 spending advantage, because Smith has never gotten much traction here. Also, almost half of Smith's funds are from his personal donations and mayoral campaign account.

I think this would be the biggest upset in Virginia State Senate history if Smith were to knock off an incumbent in a primary being outspent 4-1. I don't think that upset is gonna happen.

Stosch-Blackburn financials will looked at later tonight or tomorrow.

UPDATE: Bell has received an additional $25,800 in donations since the filing. Looks like a potential for a big ad blitz or something like that in the next few days in the Roanoke area.

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