The reports are in so let the spin begin.
It's no secret that I love digging through FEC reports, polls, vote records and other fun data to try to see if I can find something to talk about. I've been waiting for July 15 since the day after the last reports were filed. I don't think there's a cure. Enough about my sickness....let's talk money.
First, let's just say the grand total raised by camp Kissell was a tad disappointing - only because I wanted to see them with more. Update: No, let's not say it's disappointing! In individual contributions Larry compares favorably to most of the other candidates...I must remember to FINISH that second cuppa before I delve too deeply into these reports. I will continue the comparisons of other NC Dems and have a list up shortly. I don't think it's fair to compare Larry to other challengers across the country. I'm sticking to NC candidates.
Also, if you look at where Beth Troutman (Hayes' opponent in '04) was at this time, you'll see it isn't so disappointing in comparison. She had raised less than $70K total. She wound up with over $225K, so this should give you an idea of what lies ahead for Larry and that is not only encouraging - it's exciting. I'm predicting he'll easily see $350K in the next filing and will be well over $500K by the election.
More details below the fold....