According to the Boston Globe, Katherine Clark raised a little over $228,000 with just about $400,000 on hand in the second quarter (April-June). Peter Koutoujian’s campaign reported that he out-raised Clark by pulling in $300,000, but has just $290,000 saved up–more than $100,000 less than Clark has stashed away. In that same time frame, William Brownsberger raised $130,000 with $287,000 on hand. Carl Sciortino raised $203,000 and had $270,000 on hand, while Karen Spilka raised more than $200,000 and has a little more of the same in the bank. According to his FEC filings, Frank Addivinola, Jr. has only raised $764 with about $18,400 on hand. Since the end of the second quarter, the candidates have raised tens of thousands of dollars.Expect volunteers for Democratic candidates knocking on your door for your signatures to ensure a place on the ballot and your votes in the primary.The fifth district typically leans Democratic and has not had a Republican Representative since 1974. Some might argue that this observation is misleading because of redistricting, but this is not the case. The new fifth district and its borders, which came into effect in 2012 after the 2010 census, comprise most of the old seventh district–a district that Edward Markey held for more than 30 years. If history is any indication, Republicans face an uphill battle. The Republican field is weak and at a massive disadvantage when it comes to campaign funds–it would make little sense to invest a significant amount of time and resources into a losing candidate. Rather, the Massachusetts Republican Party will continue focusing on picking up seats in the statehouse and the gubernatorial elections in 2014. All the state senate and house seats are up for election, Governor Deval Patrick is not running for re-election, and Treasurer Steve Grossman is running for Patrick’s spot–a move that opens both positions up for contention. In light of the GOP’s minor role in the brewing race for Markey’s former seat, expect volunteers for Democratic candidates knocking on your door for your signatures to ensure a place on the ballot and your votes in the primary.
Let the games begin!