Attorney general hopeful Jennings dominates in fundraising, again

DOVER — Kathy Jennings, a Democratic candidate for state attorney general, raised almost $64,000 in a three-week period — and spent six times that.

One of four Democrats competing for the party’s nomination for attorney general in the primary election Thursday, Ms. Jennings spent about $377,000 from Aug. 8 to 29, according to campaign finance reports filed at the end of last week.

Her three opponents had combined expenditures of around $23,400.

Ms. Jennings paid $370,000 to the Campaign Group, a Philadelphia firm that crafts ads for Democratic candidates. In 2016, Lisa Blunt Rochester reported expenditures of more than half a million dollars to the group as she sought the state’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

That proved to be money well spent, as she was elected to Congress. Ms. Jennings will surely be hoping she sees a similar return on investment.

Chris Johnson was second among attorney general candidates, collecting about $11,300 and spending almost $13,100. LaKresha Roberts raised close to $7,700 and spent approximately $8,200.

The fourth candidate, Tim Mullaney, received $3,600 in donations and spent a little more than $3,200.

Democrat Kathy McGuiness led the way in the state auditor’s race, pulling in about $21,300 and spending twice that. Fellow candidate Kathleen Davies reported raising about $1,900 and spending approximately $6,300, while Dennis E. Williams collected $200 and spent just over $6,500.

A few Delawareans stood out in legislative races.

Tizzy Lockman, one of two Democratic candidates for the open 3rd Senatorial District, spent about $34,500, while Jordan Hines had expenditures that totaled almost $1,100.

In the only state Senate Republican primary, Camden Mayor Just King outspent Donyale Hall about $11,700 to $1,600. Both are competing for the 17th Senatorial District seat.

Nnamdi Chukwuocha, a Wilmington councilman challenging Rep. Charles Potter in a Democratic primary for the 1st Representative District, collected about $25,800 from Aug. 8 to Aug. 29.

Krista Griffith, one of two Democrats running for the 12th Representative District, spent about $21,000. Her opponent, Rachel Blumenfeld, had expenditures of just over $12,300.

In the three-way Democratic primary for the 9th Representative District, Jim Ryan led the way financially, spending almost $13,100.

Renee Taschner, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the open 22nd Representative District, reported spending slightly less than $20,400.

In the 31st Representative District, one of two with primaries among both Democrats and Republicans, Rep. Sean Lynn outspent challenger Ralph Taylor about $9,800 to $2,400. On the Republican side, Dover City Councilman David Anderson spent close to $4,700, while Jean Dowding had expenditures of $5,600.

Sen. Colin Bonini, a Dover Republican, contributed money to both Rep. Potter and Democratic Senate candidate Sam Guy.

 

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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