Phelps edges ahead of Steinburg in cash chase
By Jon Hawley
Friday, July 13, 2018
Democrat Cole Phelps has edged ahead of his Republican opponent, state Rep. Bob Steinburg, in fundraising for their Senate District 1 race, new campaign finance reports show.
Thanks largely to a surge in fundraising since late April, Phelps now leads Steinburg in total contributions for their Senate race this fall, raising $90,009 to Steinburg’s $87,802.
The candidates' latest campaign finance reports show Phelps, a Washington County commissioner, raised $73,788 from April 22 to June 30, the period covered by second-quarter filings due this week to the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.
Steinburg, meanwhile, raised $13,525 in that same period, based on a tally of contributions since April 22 he included in the mid-year report he submitted to the elections and ethics enforcement board. The mid-year report is due later this month. Steinburg may have submitted the more encompassing report in lieu of a second-quarter report.
Heading toward the fall, Phelps is also sitting on a larger war chest than Steinburg, who spent major sums during an expensive, contentious Republican primary race with Dare County businessman Clark Twiddy.
Phelps ended the second quarter with $68,177 cash on hand, versus $8,427 for Steinburg. That reflects Steinburg having spent $98,141 in his bid for the 11-county Senate District 1, versus Phelps spending $21,832 on the election to date.
The Democratic candidate has also out-raised the Republican candidate in another area legislative race.
Dare County Democrat Tess Judge raised $63,583 for the second quarter — almost five times the $13,050 that Currituck Board of Commissioners Chairman Bobby Hanig raised for the quarter. Election-to-date, Judge has raised $98,894 to Hanig's $25,709.
Judge has also spent $20,893 on the election so far, with $78,000 remaining cash on hand.
Hanig, who defeated incumbent state House Rep. Beverly Boswell in the May GOP primary, has spent $33,664 in the cycle to date. His report also shows he ended the second quarter with a nearly $8,000 deficit, due to $15,000 in “contributions to be refunded.” Hanig has said previously the $15,000 reflects money he himself put in the campaign.
In House District 1, the region’s other state House race, second-quarter reports weren't online yet for either Ed Goodwin, the Republican candidate from Chowan County, or Ronald Wesson, the Democratic candidate from Bertie County. House District 1 includes Camden, Perquimans, Chowan, Bertie, Tyrrell and Washington counties.