NH-Sen: Shaheen Outraises Sununu in Q4

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In the New Hampshire Senate race, which is appears at this point to be the Democrats' third or fourth best pick-up opportunity this cycle, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen has outraised freshman Republican Senator John Sununu over the last three months, reports John DiStaso.

Sen. John Sununu was out-raised by former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen during the fourth quarter of 2007, but he entered this election year with three times the amount of money she has in the bank.

Sununu's year-end report shows he raised $921,626 from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 and $4.5 million since he was elected in 2002. In the quarter, he raised $631,430 from individuals and $280,147 from political action committees. His campaign spent $225,198 during the quarter and has $3.42 million on hand.

Shaheen, who became a candidate last September, announced last week she raised $1.2 million during the quarter and has $1.15 million on hand.

Shaheen still has a way to go before she is able to catch up to Sununu in terms of cash-on-hand. Yet given the fact that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee holds a $17.3 million advantage over the National Republican Senatorial Committee (meaning that the Democrats potentially have more money and other resources to devote to the race than do the Republicans) and New Hampshire has clearly taken a turn towards the Democrats in recent years -- the state has a Democratic Governor and Democratic control over both chambers of its state legislature for the first time in over 130 years, and it has two Democrats representing it in the House of Representatives for the first time since 1915 -- I'm still decidedly of the opinion that this race leans, even if only slightly at this point, towards the Democrats.

Tags: Fundraising, Jean Shaheen, John Sununu, New Hampshire, NH-Sen, Senate 2008 (all tags)

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Re: NH-Sen: Shaheen Outraises Sununu in Q4

I'm glad to see that the fallout from Jean's husband statement about BHO was minimal

by csstraw2 2008-01-31 09:25AM | 0 recs
Re: NH-Sen: Shaheen Outraises Sununu in Q4

Yeah, Dems will come back together to defeat Sununu when it counts.  I don't think this one will be close.  However, the Clintons' scorched earth strategy will take it's toll somewhere.  There ARE downticket races that will be lost because the Clintons think it more important for Hillary to win than the party.

by NJIndependent 2008-01-31 09:47AM | 0 recs
There's a primary

Shaheen might not be the Democratic nominee.  Former astronaut/Dartmouth Med School professor Jay Buckey is also running and I think would be the stronger candidate against Sununu.  Shaheen didn't lose in 2002 for lack of money -- she outspent Sununu $5.8 million to $3.5 million.  And with John McCain the likely Republican nominee, a former Astronaut and Air Force officer who opposed and opposes the war and the Bush tax cuts would have a stronger chance of attracting independent voters than Shaheen would.

And as the poster below indicated, some Obama supporters might not take well to being told to get over the Shaheening of Obama and fall in line behind Hillary's chosen Senate candidate, who is married to the guy who injected drug use into a nasty primary fight.

by Ron Turiello 2008-01-31 11:01AM | 0 recs
Re: NH-Sen: Shaheen Outraises Sununu in Q4

No offense.

But this African American Obama supporter is NOT donating to Shaheen any time soon ...or ever.... But I did just pop of another $75.00 to the Obama Campaign.

We're having another one of those Donor Drives 250,000 By Midnight . We're at 227,053 so it's looking pretty good.

http://www.barackobama.com/index.php#

by BlueDiamond 2008-01-31 09:41AM | 0 recs
Re: NH-Sen: Shaheen Outraises Sununu in Q4

I gave him (BHO) $50 yesterday

by csstraw2 2008-01-31 09:58AM | 0 recs
Re: NH-Sen: Shaheen Outraises Sununu in Q4

Progressive Jay Buckey is also in the running for the Democratic nomination in NH.  His site is online at http://www.buckey08.com/

by davej 2008-01-31 10:16AM | 0 recs
God I Hate Sununu

Here's hoping Jeanne runs a better race this time around.  The national climate sure ought to be better.  

by HSTruman 2008-01-31 10:13AM | 0 recs
Re: NH-Sen: Shaheen Outraises Sununu in Q4

    In the next few years, progressives have two important goals for the Senate: get 60 Democrats to cut off Republican filibusters, and get a progressive majority in the Democratic caucus, and therefore progressive floor leadership.

    Shaheen would contribute something toward the first goal, but nothing at all toward the second. The Shaheens are working to beat progressive Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter in the first district.

    Progressives should let the DLC handle this fight, if Shaheen is the candidate, and concentrate our resources in Maine, Oregon, Minnesota, and New Mexico, where we have better candidates. This seat will fall to us eventually, as the Republican Party is dying in New England.

by Ron Thompson 2008-01-31 11:21AM | 0 recs
Re: NH-Sen: Shaheen Outraises Sununu in Q4

I am sorry, but did'nt Shaheen reimpose the death penalty upon her state, against the wishes of her fellow Democrats?  And why is she opposing Shea-Porter?

She does not sound very liberal to me.

by demjim 2008-01-31 12:03PM | 0 recs
Re: NH-Sen: Shaheen Outraises Sununu in Q4

Neither did Jim Webb, John Tester or Claire Mccaskill but they are better then having a Republican, right?

Clinton may hurt some of the southern House members like Shuler, Sampson, Barrow and Collins but so would any "national Democrat". She surly will help some challengers like Darcy Burner, Tammy Duckworth, Eric Maffei, Pat Madrid and Mary Jo Kilroy.

by ND1979 2008-01-31 01:58PM | 0 recs
Re: NH-Sen: Shaheen Outraises Sununu in Q4

     Tammy Duckworth isn't running. Neither is Patricia Madrid. And there's no such person as Eric Maffei--there's Dan Maffei in NY 25 and Eric Massa in NY 29.

by Ron Thompson 2008-01-31 04:15PM | 0 recs

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