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Ben Jealous’s Campaign Has About $9 Million Less Than Gov. Larry Hogan’s

The Jealous campaign announced Tuesday that it had just over $386,000 on hand.

By NTK Staff | 08.28.2018 @2:00pm
Ben Jealous’s Campaign Has About $9 Million Less Than Gov. Larry Hogan’s

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD), reported raising $2 million in a little over two months, according to the Baltimore Sun, putting his cash-on-hand total at about $9.4 million. The reporting period, which spans from June 11 to August 21, was not so positive for Democrat candidate Ben Jealous.

Jealous’s campaign reported having just $386,454.88 on hand at the end of the reporting period, about $9 million less than Hogan. The Jealous campaign’s statement cautioned reporters that they “do not need to match Hogan dollar for dollar.” Given the numbers, that’s lucky for them.

Given Hogan’s popularity, Jealous was always going to have an uphill climb to defeat the incumbent governor. Polls consistently show Hogan’s favorability in the high 60s, and he ranks as the second-most popular governor in the United States, trailing only Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA).

That popularity has translated into fundraising success. Per the Baltimore Sun:

“I am pleased to report that we have exceeded our fundraising objectives,” Hogan campaign chairman Tom Kelso wrote in a memo released to reporters. “By comparison, Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown filed with a combined $6.36 million during their 2010 re-election campaign at around this time.”

Kelso wrote that 94 percent of Hogan donors are Marylanders and 66 percent are small donors, “which demonstrates the depth of that support at the grassroots level.”

The Hogan campaign, along with his running mate Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, has raised nearly $24 million this election cycle for their reelection campaign and the Maryland Republican Party.

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