In three statewide races, Democratic candidates enjoy a significant fundraising advantages heading into the final weeks of the campaign, reports Idaho Education News reporter Kevin Richert, who has been tallying campaign finance reports filed for today’s deadline. Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff raised — and spent — more than $1.8 million on his bid to unseat GOP incumbent Butch Otter, Richert reports. However, the accountant, prominent businessman and Boise School Board member self-financed the bulk of his campaign. Meanwhile, Otter raised more than $600,000 during the summer, and heads into the campaign home stretch with more than a 10-to-1 advantage in cash on hand.
Through the summer, state superintendent’s candidate Jana Jones continued to pad her fundraising advantage over Republican Sherri Ybarra, as the candidates vie to succeed outgoing Republican Tom Luna. In another open race, this one to succeed longtime Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, Democratic state Rep. Holli Woodings of Boise has built a sizable fundraising edge over state Rep. Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, a former House speaker. You can read Richert’s full report here.