Donna Edwards: $601K, But Only $270K COH

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Politico has the story. It’s not good.

Edwards raises $601,000 for Maryland Senate race but spends even more: Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards, who’s facing off with Rep. Chris Van Hollen in the Democratic primary, raised about $601,000 in the fourth quarter, according to her campaign’s Federal Election Commission report. But she spent nearly $700,000, and her cash on hand dropped to less than $300,000 at the end of the year. Van Hollen’s campaign raised $1.1 million in the quarter, giving him $3.7 million in cash on hand. Edwards does have the support of EMILY’s List, which has booked $1 million in ads backing her ahead of the April 26 primary.

Actually, Van Hollen has $4.1 million as I reported previously. But Edwards’ COH situation is catastrophic. Two consecutive quarters of over 100% burn rates, and I don’t see how she has enough cash left to do much of anything. She has less cash than all four leading candidates seeking to replace her in CD4, and one of them just left the race. EMILY’s List can buy TV ads for her - at higher rates - but they can’t pay for staff, they can’t pay for candidate direct mail, they can’t pay for any of the things that candidates are supposed to do.

For the record the COH imbalance between the two candidates is now roughly 15-1.

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