Incumbents have edge in campaign fundraising

first_imgClick on image to enlarge. In arguably the highest profile legislative race in Clark County, incumbent Republican state Sen. Don Benton is out-fundraising his challenger, Democratic Rep. Tim Probst, but Probst said his campaign is picking up speed.Benton, R-Vancouver, has raised more than $84,000 this election season. About $25,000 of that was raised in May, according to candidate fundraising reports that were due to the state’s Public Disclosure Commission before midnight Monday.Meanwhile, Probst, D-Vancouver, raised more than $11,000 in May, bringing his Senate campaign total to more than $33,000. The 17th Legislative District race between Probst and Benton is being watched closely by political observers as Democrats and Republicans fight to secure a majority in the Senate.In all nine legislative races in the 17th, 18th and 49th districts, candidates have raised more than a combined $343,000. Across the board, incumbents have been able to raise more than their challengers.Probst said on Tuesday that the amount he’s raised in the first half of June is equal to what he raised in all of May.last_img read more

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