By Carl Carter
Say all you like about the Blue Wave that’s coming in November. If we don’t get a Green Wave between now and then, it may turn out to be a dud.
Yes, I know mid-term elections favor the party that’s out of power. (And I’ve never seen a party quite so out-of-power as we Democrats are now.) But Democratic candidates can’t win without money. Lots of it. A lot more than you think.
Just to see how the financial scoreboard looks, I pulled the numbers from six of the legislative races I’m most familiar with: Senate 11 and 16, and House 41, 48, 45 and 46. So as not to embarrass anybody or look like I’m just whining, I’m not going to break it down by race. You can see for yourself at the Secretary of State’s site.
But here’s the total in cash contributions for those six races:
Out of those six races, the “richest” Democrat has $33,084 in cash contributions, compared to a Republican rival with $282,015. In other words, our Democrat in this area with the most money is still outgunned financially by eight to one.
Sure, there are reasons for it. Power of the incumbency. Republicans are richer. All that stuff.
But if that Blue Wave is going to hit the way we need it to in November, we’re going to have to up our game.
Carl Carter is Democratic candidate for the Alabama State Senate District 11. You may contribute to his campaign in two ways:
Carl Carter Campaign for Senate 11
P.O. Box 1
Moody, AL 35004
or at www.votecarter.org