If campaign cash equates to success, incumbent 1st District U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, D-Booneville, is the frontrunner in a likely 2010 matchup with state Sen. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo.
But Nunnelee says his edge is in Mississippi donors.
Federal Election Commission third-quarter reports show Childers with $507,220 cash on hand, compared to Nunnelee’s $181,163.
Nunnelee, who announced in July he would run for Congress, raised $220,454 in the July-September reporting period while Childers collected $274,464.
“We’re happy where we are,” said Childers aide Brad Morris about their financial report.
Morgan Baldwin, a Nunnelee spokesman, said 96 percent of his candidate’s contributions came from Mississippi citizens.
Even though the race is nearly a year away, it’s again taken on a national profile as a seat Republicans hope they can reclaim from Democrats.
In 2008, Democrat Childers won the seat over Greg Davis, Southaven’s Republican mayor, with millions poured in from their national parties after GOP Rep. Roger Wicker of Tupelo was appointed to the U.S. Senate.
Nunnelee’s third quarter report shows contributions from 177 individuals and seven political action committees.
Childers’ report compares with contributions from 118 individuals and 102 PACS. He still owes himself $100,000 loaned to his 2008 campaign.
Individual contributors can give up to $2,400 per election, which means a donor can give $2,400 for a primary election and another $2,400 for the general election. PAC donations are limited to $5,000 per year.
No FEC report was filed by Henry Ross of Eupora, who also has voiced an interest in making the race. March 1 is the qualifying deadline.
A recap of major regional donors shows:
• $2,400 – Amory: John Wax (2x), Richard B. Wax (2x), Richard T. Wax (2x). Booneville: Tommy D. Cadle, Robert Bryce Lott, Glenn David Pounds. Fulton: Delois Montgomery. New Albany: Booker Farr, Sarah Farr. Sherman: Buck Boatner Jr. West Point: H. Scott Ross, Christy C. Sundbeck (2x), Milton O. Sundbeck (2x).
• $1,000 – 20 (individuals), 46 (PACs)
• $2,400 – Fulton: Thomas Kline. Saltillo: Daniel Cash, Douglas Wright, Stephanie Wright. Sherman: Charles Boatner. Tupelo: David Brevard, Dr. Mike Currie, Vickie Currie, Jim Frerer, Julian Hill, Marian Hill, J. Martin Lee, Reeann Lee, T.K. Moffett, Fred Mothershed, Mable Murphree, Larry Otis, Jim Sneed (2x), Hope Wesson, Matthew Wesson, Louise White.
• $1,000 – 68 (individuals), 5 (PACs)
Note: 2x = two separate donations of $2,400
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