I noted below that Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Arkansas’ senior senator, has $2.3 million on hand for her 2010 reelection campaign, which is a hell of a healthy start.
State Sen. Kim Hendren, her only announced opposition at this time, tells the AP’s Andrew Demillo that he’s prepared to put “a substantial amount” of his personal fortune into the race, though he declines to offer specific figures. (An Arkansas Project source claims that Hendren has set aside $1 million of his own money to pour into the race.)
Another point I should have made: If nothing else, all this talk of Lincoln’s “vulnerability,” coupled with the presence of potential GOP challengers, surely has to be doing wonders for Lincoln’s current fundraising efforts, since it’s easier to rally supporters when a perceived threat is at hand. She reported $1.7 million raised in the first quarter of ’09; I’d expect more big numbers when the next FEC report is filed in July.
Some people accuse me of fixating too much on campaign money matters, and maybe they’re right, but it’s something I was conditioned to do by working on the 2006 gubernatorial campaign, where Mike Beebe outraised my boss, Asa Hutchinson, by a 2-to-1 margin.
And let me tell you, you would fixate on campaign money, too, if you’d endured the pain of being on the losing end of a 2-to-1 cash advantage in the last months of a political campaign. You can’t imagine what that’s like. In fact, here’s what we’ll do: I’ll just come over there and kick you in the balls every day for the next three months. That’ll give you a good idea of what it feels like.