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Hogan outraises Jealous in final fundraising push

Gov. Larry Hogan fields questions from reporters after his debate with Democratic challenger Ben Jealous. (Bryan P. Sears)

Gov. Larry Hogan fields questions from reporters after his debate with Democratic challenger Ben Jealous. (Bryan P. Sears)

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday that it collected another $2.44 million for his re-election war chest over the final two months before early voting. Ben Jealous, the Democratic Party nominee, reported raising nearly $1.8 million over the same period, including nearly $350,000 for the Democratic coordinated

Ben Jealous speaks next to running mate Susan Turnbull outside Eye Candy Opticianry on West 36th Street in Hampden in September. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

Ben Jealous speaks next to running mate Susan Turnbull outside Eye Candy Opticianry on West 36th Street in Hampden in September. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

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Hogan’s campaign, in its announcement, reported having $3.3 million in cash on hand for the final two-week push to the Nov. 6 general election. Jealous reported having more than $275,000 in cash on hand.

For Hogan, the latest figure brings the incumbent’s fundraising totals to nearly $19.2 million for the four-year cycle.

“Governor Hogan’s broad and deep support among Marylanders of all political stripes continues to be reflected in his strong fundraising numbers,” said Scott Sloofman, Hogan for Governor communications director. “He has taken his bipartisan message to all corners of Maryland, and they have embraced it. The governor continues to be especially proud that 95 percent of his campaign donors this period are Maryland residents.”

Jealous’ campaign said it’s happy with the candidate’s fundraising.

“This campaign has always been about maximizing voter turnout,” said Travis Tazelaar, Jealous’ campaign manager. “Marylanders have consistently backed Ben’s message of fully funding public education, creating a Prescription Drug Affordability Board, and building an inclusive economy. Now, in the final days of the campaign, we have mobilized more than 50 organizers and an army of volunteers to engage in get out the vote efforts which we are certain will yield victory come Election Day.”

The Jealous camp said it expects a 20 percent increase in Democratic turnout over 2014 and that the winner of the contest for governor will need more than 1 million votes — a number party officials note has never been attained by a Republican nominee in the state.

Jealous’ campaign has trailed Hogan in the money race since the June primary election.

In an August filing, the Democrat reported raising $825,000 and having about $385,000 on hand.

Less than a month later, the Jealous campaign announced it would run the first television ads since the June 26 primary election — a series of 30-second spots on broadcast television in the Baltimore television market estimated to cost in excess of $100,000.

Hogan, by contrast, rolled out a new campaign television ad almost daily in what the campaign described as a “seven-figure” expenditure. The governor has also benefited from more than $4 million in independent expenditure ads bought by the Republican Governors Association in which Jealous is portrayed as a tax-and-spend liberal.

Jealous also has benefited from outside expenditures. The super PAC Maryland Together We Rise announced Friday it was spending $1.2 million on broadcast and cable ads in the Baltimore market and another $800,000 on broadcast television ads in the Washington market in support of Jealous.

The ads are part of independent expenditures on behalf of the Democratic nominee since the June 26 primary that approach $3 million. That figure include television, online and radio advertising as well as filed work and other related expenditures, said a spokeswoman for the super PAC.

On Thursday, an independent expenditure organization called Democratic Action launched a “six-figure” campaign of 30-second ads attacking Hogan on education funding. The group is backed by the Democratic Governors Association.

 


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