Wes Moore outscores Dan Cox 10-1 in Maryland governor’s post-primary report

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Wes Moore, the Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland, edged Dan Cox, his Republican opponent, by about 10 to 1, giving Moore a huge financial advantage 10 weeks from Election Day.

The latest campaign finance reports show Moore has taken in $1.8 million in the past two months and has $1.3 million to spend, while Cox has brought in $195,000 with a cash balance. around $130,000.

“This campaign has continued to show incredible momentum following a historic primary victory in July,” Moore’s campaign manager Ned Miller said in a statement. “It’s clear that Wes has built a coalition that can propel him to victory in November.”

In a statement, Cox downplayed his fundraising totals.

“Winning elections is not having a lot of money. It’s about having enough money,” Cox said, adding that his fundraising was not based on the might of “power-hungry politicians, Hollywood celebrities and business interests,” but with help “from hard-working students, single mothers, families, small businesses.”

Reports released Tuesday offer the first glimpse into the financial showdown between Moore, a bestselling author, former nonprofit chief and political newcomer who won a crowded Democratic primary, and Cox, a first state delegate and attorney who easily beat Governor Larry. Hogan’s protege, Kelly Schulz, for the Republican nomination.

They also highlight the uphill battle Cox faces in Maryland, a blue state where Democrats outnumber Republicans twice and where Cox’s biggest supporter, former President Donald Trump, is widely unpopular among the public. most voters.

Todd Eberly, professor of political science at St. Mary’s College, said Moore’s transport means he “will have more than enough to run a statewide campaign, with effective publicity.” Meanwhile, Cox, who won his first appeal to the Trump base in the state GOP by a wide margin, has yet to run to a wide range of voters, Eberly said.

“The real danger of course is that Moore has an advantage now that he can use his money to define Cox before Cox has a chance to define himself,” Eberly said.

During the primary, Cox’s candidacy was bolstered by ads touting him and paid for by the Democratic Governors Association, a political maneuver designed to improve the Democrats’ chances of victory in November by avoiding a clash with the more moderate Schulz. Hogan lambasted the DGA over the spending.

Since his victory, Cox has faced a splintered state Republican party, with some top Republican elected officials, concerned about the declining election, opting to stay out of the gubernatorial race. Hogan, the state’s token Republican Party leader, has described Cox as a “QAnon whackjob” and a “nut” and has more recently questioned his mental stability, and said he won’t approve of it. In response, Cox said the governor was “struggling to tell the truth.”

Cox has attempted to pivot his messaging since the July 19 primary. He deleted his account on Gab, a social media platform known as a haven for hate speech, and deleted parts of his campaign website that mentioned his efforts to oppose the certification of the 2020 presidential election, among others. Cox focuses on his opposition to pandemic control measures, crime in Baltimore and what he calls public school ‘indoctrination centers’ where students are ‘brainwashed’ about identity sexual and gender “behind the parents’ backs”.

Cox received no money from federal committees or candidate and slate accounts. Six contributors donated $6,000 – the limit for individual donations – including Gene Schaerr, an attorney who lives in Montgomery County and served in the White House as associate counsel to then President George HW Bush, and Schaerr’s wife, Martha, and Presidential Coalition LLC, which is led by Citizens United Chairman and Trump ally David Bossie.

Meanwhile, Democrats have rallied behind Moore, whose campaign focuses on “jobs, wages and wealth” and “leaving no one behind.” His haul includes nearly $40,000 from the campaign accounts of current and former state and local elected officials, including $6,000 each from House Appropriations Speaker Maggie McIntosh (D-Baltimore City), the former Baltimore City Comptroller Joan M. Pratt and Del. Kirill Reznik (D-Montgomery). He also received $6,000 from the federal campaign accounts of U.S. Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.).

Some of the other top Moore supporters in the latest report include: Baltimore Orioles president John Angelos; Tarn Ashman, CEO of a Prince George’s County technology company; veteran lobbyist Bruce Bereano, an ardent supporter of Moore’s chief opponent, Comptroller Peter Franchot; and actor Samuel L. Jackson and his wife, LaTanya Richardson Jackson. They all donated $6,000 each.

Moore has raised more than $10.5 million since launching her campaign last year.

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