Democratic Challenger Raises More Campaign Cash than Republican Incumbent in Mississippi Governor’s Race
The race for the Mississippi governor’s seat has seen the Democratic challenger, Brandon Presley, surpassing the Republican incumbent in campaign fundraising this year. However, according to finance reports filed on Tuesday, the Republican candidate, Governor Tate Reeves, still has more money available for the final weeks of the race.
Challenger’s Fundraising Efforts
Despite Republicans holding all statewide offices and having a strong majority in the Legislature, first-term Governor Tate Reeves downplayed Brandon Presley’s fundraising achievements. Reeves pointed out that Presley received a significant portion of his collections, totaling $3 million, from the Democratic Governors Association, questioning why they were investing heavily in flipping Mississippi to a blue state. Reeves voiced concerns that Presley would govern as a liberal democrat based on these financial contributions.
Presley’s Bid for Mississippi’s First Democratic Governor in 20 Years
Brandon Presley, a utility regulator and cousin of rock ‘n’ roll legend Elvis Presley, aims to become Mississippi’s first Democratic governor in two decades. Ron Owens, Presley’s campaign manager, emphasized that the campaign has gained momentum and is poised to bring change to the governor’s office. Owens stated that Mississippians overwhelmingly support Presley due to his commitment to combat corruption, keep hospitals operational, and reduce car tag fees by fifty percent.
Financial Reports and Cash on Hand
According to finance reports, Presley began the year with approximately $727,500 in his campaign fund. He has since raised about $7.9 million and spent nearly $6.8 million, leaving him with approximately $1.8 million cash on hand as of September 30.
On the other hand, Reeves started the year with nearly $7.9 million in two campaign accounts. He has raised around $5.1 million and spent nearly $6.9 million, resulting in approximately $4.2 million cash on hand at the end of September.
Upcoming General Election in Mississippi
Mississippi voters are scheduled to head to the polls on November 7 for the general election. Absentee voting has already commenced, and the outcome of the governor’s race will be decided by Mississippians’ votes.
Contributions from Political Associations
Prior to the recent $3 million donation to Presley’s campaign, the Democratic Governors Association had already contributed $750,000 in July. In contrast, the Reeves campaign received $500,000 on June 23 from the Washington-based Mississippi Strong PAC. Notably, the Republican Governors Association donated $600,000 to the PAC on the same day. The Presley campaign criticized Reeves for attending a fundraiser in Alabama while Mississippi residents were recovering from tornadoes.