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The “one semi-bright” spot for Fort Collins Republicans in the legislative races is the campaign where the Democratic incumbent still has a 2:1 cash-on-hand advantage.
The Republican challengers for the three Fort Collins-area legislative seats on the November ballot continue to lag in fundraising. In fact, with less than three months to go until Election Day, two of the challengers are essentially broke, according to campaign finance reports filed with the secretary of state this week. Here’s a summary of the individual races.
Senate District 14
Incumbent Democrat Bob Bacon raised more than $66,000 by the end of July and has more than $56,000 banked to spend over the last 90 days of the campaign.
Republican Matt Fries has raised just over $21,000 and has $1,500 in the bank. The only reason he even has money in his account is because he’s lent his own campaign about $4,700, so his spending so far has outpaced his fundraising by about $3,700.
House District 52
This is the one semi-bright spot for Republicans. Former Rep. Bob McCluskey has raised almost $38,000 and has about $23,000 banked. Still, he’s well behind incumbent John Kefalas, who’s raised more than $60,000 and has $46,000 in his bank account.
House District 53
Republican Donna Gallup has been able to raise only $8,400 so far and has less than $700 in the bank. She also still owes herself $450 on a $1,000 loan she made earlier in the campaign. Incumbent Democrat Randy Fischer has raised $44,000 and has $29,000 still at his disposal.