WASHINGTON — Independent analysis of the latest campaign finance reports shows that Democrat Bob Kerrey retains a clear lead in out-of-state donations over his Republican opponent, Deb Fischer, in the Nebraska U.S. Senate race despite Fischer’s efforts to snag donations from other parts of the country.
Overall, Kerrey raised at least $1.4 million in individual out-of-state donations through the first half of the year, about 73 percent of his total, according to the latest analysis from the Center for Responsive Politics.
Fischer, meanwhile, raised $215,392 from individual donors out of state, about 23 percent of her total.
Those figures are based on fundraising through the end of June and don’t include contributions from political action committees or spending by outside groups.
The two were pretty close in PAC fundraising: Kerrey had raised $447,000 from PACs compared with $427,000 for Fischer.
Because the candidates continue to aggressively raise money, the exact situation at the moment is unclear.
The Fischer campaign has touted her “Nebraska-centric” donor base and tried to tie Kerrey’s out-of-state donations to the Fischer message that he spent too much time living in New York.
The Kerrey campaign pointed out that Fischer has held various fundraisers elsewhere in the country, including several in the nation’s capital.
Kerrey criticized Fischer for one such trip that took place at the same time as the Boys and Girls State Convention.
Fischer had been slated to address the Republican National Convention today in Tampa, Fla., and had planned to hold a fundraiser tonight on a yacht.
However, Tropical Storm Isaac, which was threatening Sunday to worsen to a hurricane, forced the Republicans to cancel today’s schedule of events. It wasn’t clear whether Fischer’s fundraiser would continue as planned.
The Kerrey campaign said that of its 11,509 total individual donors, 5,045 are Nebraskans. Fischer’s campaign said about two-thirds of her individual donors are from Nebraska.
Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report predicted that Fischer will have more success raising money out of state as she goes forward, based on the fact that she is seen as the front-runner in the race.
Still, Kerrey will have enough money to compete, she said.
“He’s not going to run an underfunded campaign,” Duffy said.
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