King reported raising $41,468, spending $7,169 and had $73,212 in the bank. Republican Rick Gudex of Fond du Lac raised $33,674, spent $7,050 and had $26,851 cash on hand.This is welcomed news for Dems! As the original post points out, and most anyone who watches politics in this state realizes that the 18th District is going to be a key one for Democrats if they want to hold on to their Senate majority come November. The report though does give some discouraging news as it relates to the Democrats chances replacing Jim Holperin in the 12th District:
In the 12th, which will be open with the retirement of Jim Hoplerin, D-Conover, Tiffany, of Hazelhurst, raised $80,860, spent $11,045 and had $100,268 cash on hand. His numbers included a loan of $1,269.
Lisa Theo of Tomahawk raised $14,277, spent $12,006 and had $2,271 in the bank with a $5,282 loan, while fellow Dem Susan Sommer of Eagle River raised $3,170, spent $2,413 and had $757 cash on hand.Yikes... Well, there is time, but when you look at the map of Northern Wisconsin voting over the last few elections, there is no question that this will be one tough district for Democrats to hold. I know a lot of the focus has been on the Primary for US Senate, (even here on the Soap Box) but this is the time of year where big gains can be made for strategy in the fall campaign.
Now, what will happen once the "real" money starts flowing into this state when the Obama and Romney administrations start dumping dollars onto the air? That will be a a real test to what happens with peoples political persuasions.