Chris Van Hollen announced today that he raised $1.8 million in the first quarter of 2016, spent $3.7 million, and has $1.7 million cash on hand for the last 20 days of the campaign.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) raised $1.8 million between January and early April and spent $3.7 million in his competitive primary against Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) for the party’s nomination for a rare open Senate seat.
Edwards raised over $1 million over the same time period, the first time she has reached that milestone in a single quarter in the race. But she remains at a distinct financial disadvantage heading into the April 26 primary.
As of April 6, Van Hollen had more than $1.7 million left to spend. Edwards’s financial reports are not yet available online; by the end of last year she had only $300,000 in the bank.
Poll show the race very close. A recent Washington Post-University of Maryland survey gave Edwards a four-point lead; an NBC4-Marist poll released several days later had Van Hollen up six. Both results were statistically insignificant.
And Rachel Weiner’s continuing use of “statistically insignificant” when she means “within the margin of error” remains just as inappropriate as when I first pointed it out several weeks ago.
Back to Van Hollen. He is dominating the airwaves in both Baltimore and Washington, doubling Edwards’ spending in Baltimore and spending seven times more than Edwards in DC. These ratios include both sides’ super PACs.
Advantage Van Hollen. And as we still don’t know Edwards’ cash on hand, we can safely say “big advantage.”