Monday, April 22, 2013

A Minor Musing About The South Dakota Senate Race And Money

Jon Ellis reports that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is urging Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin to run for South Dakota's open U.S. Senate Seat. He hints that the DSCC has reservations about Brendan Johnson's electability:
Problem is, there are grave concerns among national Democrats about Johnson’s viability. Since he’s an unknown quantity in national circles, the powers that be in the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee are leaning, perhaps even heavily leaning, for Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.
That would indicate to me that Herseth Sandlin has expressed interest in the race, but that she is reluctant to face Johnson in a primary. If the DSCC can keep Johnson out of the race, Herseth Sandlin would be the candidate.
Ellis's Argus colleague David Montgomery reports that Herseth-Sandlin is "having conversations" about running.
Former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin is seriously considering a run for the U.S. Senate and plans to make her decision in the next few weeks, she told the Argus Leader this past weekend.
Herseth Sandlin, a Democrat who represented South Dakota in the U.S. House from 2004 through 2011, said she’s getting “encouragement” to run from both South Dakotans and national Democrats and is “still trying to make what’s going to be a very hard decision.”
Some of the conversations with the DSCC undoubtedly concern money. According to The Hill, the DSCC is raising far more funds than its Republican counterpart:
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) hauled in $13.7 million in the last three months, nearly doubling the amount the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) brought in during the same period.
The DSCC brought in $5.2 million in March, while the NRSC raised $3.2 million in March and $6.9 million for the quarter. The DSCC has $8.4 million cash on hand, while the NRSC has $5.3 million in the bank.
In addition, Tim Johnson reportedly has $1.2 million to hand out to the politician and charity of his choice.

It truly is all about the benjamins in this material world.

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