NH-Sen: Shaheen Outraises Sununu in Q4
by Jonathan Singer, Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 08:57:59 AM EST
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.