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Moran retains fundraising lead over Tiahrt in U.S. Senate primary race

July 14, 2010


Jerry Moran retained his fundraising lead over Todd Tiahrt in the Republican U.S. Senate primary, according to recent numbers the campaigns released Wednesday.

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Moran, of Hays, raised $538,000 in the year’s second quarter through June 30 compared with Tiahrt’s $451,000, but Tiahrt’s campaign said the congressman from Goddard was closing the overall gap of cash on hand for the Aug. 3 primary.

The two Kansas congressmen are the main GOP contenders for the Senate seat to replace Sam Brownback, who is running for governor.

The race has heated up in the last two weeks with three debates, where the candidates have traded barbs over tax policy, immigration and their records on what do to with terrorism suspects.

Moran’s campaign said it closed the second quarter with more than $2.2 million in cash and played up an endorsement from Sen. Jim DeMint, of South Carolina.

“Despite months of false, negative attacks from our opponent, you’ve played a crucial role in providing the resources we need to get the message out all across Kansas about my record of standing up for Kansas and taking on Washington’s spending,” Moran said in a statement to supporters.

Tiahrt’s campaign said last quarter’s fundraising haul was encouraging and that he cut into Moran’s overall cash lead in money earmarked for the primary.

The Tiahrt campaign said among only primary funds Moran has $1.9 million in cash compared with nearly $1.1 million for Tiahrt.

“Our record-breaking fundraising numbers are reflective of the momentum we see across the state as more Kansans are throwing their support behind Todd Tiahrt, who has never voted for a tax increase and has the backing of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express,” said Michelle Schroeder, a Tiahrt campaign spokeswoman.

Tiahrt has played up recent endorsements from Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, and former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, of Colorado, who said he switched support to Tiahrt from Moran based on immigration policy issues.

Advance voting in Kansas for the Aug. 3 primary began today.


LJ Whirled 7 years, 10 months ago

Wonder how much of Moran's money is coming from his friends that own the big packing plants staffed by illegal aliens?

rorik23 7 years, 10 months ago

My guess, when it comes down to it, is Tiahrt probably won't be much less friendly to the likes of Tyson and ConAgra than Moran.

olddognewtrix 7 years, 10 months ago

Tiahrt is waiting for Koch Industries to chipin another $331,000. as it did 6weeks ago

Paul R Getto 7 years, 10 months ago

The Koch boys and/or their surrogates, helped get Senator Sam over the hump back in the day. Anyone see a pattern?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 10 months ago

Who in their right mind would give any money at all to these two morons??

cato_the_elder 7 years, 10 months ago

Frwent, at first it was hard for me to see how Moran could be holding $2.2 million in cash from numerous donors, all of whom were not "in their right minds" in supporting him. Upon reflection, however, you may have a point: Millions of people voted for Obama, they could not possibly have been in their right minds in doing so, and they were obviously morons in voting for him.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 10 months ago

Well, Cato, you have the right to your opinions, last I heard this is still a free country. I do not feel that the president is doing that bad a job, compared to some of his predecessors. No one has ever done this job with complete agreement of all citizens, and given the difficulties that he must deal with, no one ever will. You cannot please everyone.

Orwell 7 years, 10 months ago

It's particularly difficult to please those who have decided tactically to oppose everything he does, even in the case of positions these pure partisan obstructionists previously supported.

cato_the_elder 7 years, 10 months ago

Frwent, you took my comment too seriously. Orwell apparently did too. I was merely parodying the language you had chosen to use in your previous post.

Paul R Getto 7 years, 10 months ago

As Nixon said, "Campaign on the edges and move to the middle once elected." Like Presidents Reagan, Bush I and II, Clinton, etc., I trust Jerry will quit sucking up to the extreme right after he's sworn in. This has been a nasty bit and a violation of Reagan's 11th Commandment, but I think I understand why.

Jeremy DeBoard 7 years, 10 months ago

Being good at fundraising does not make you a good leader. I see very little relevance to being senator in this article. In fact, the only thing I see about being good at raising money for yourself and your constituents is one of the main problems we have in this country in the first place.

IndusRiver 7 years, 10 months ago

These newspaper articles about these politicians always have more to say about money than about the voter. I don't feel like anybody needs Todd Tiahrt any more than anybody needs Jerry Moran, and the Democrats have proven nobody needs or cares for them, either.

I'm not a voter, anymore, though. I figured out that when I vote I'm keeping criminals out of jail, and putting them in office instead.

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