Candidates’ cash can’t buy a bump in the polls

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April 30, 2010

By Joseph Weber, The Washington Times

The power of ready cash in politics is proving a mixed bag in a collection of tight races that many expect could decide control of the Senate this fall.

In just four of the eight races that analysts consider critical to control of the Senate in November, the candidate winning the money race is also clearly ahead in the early polls. The candidate with the country’s biggest bankroll – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat – is trailing a slew of Republican challengers seeking his job.

“Incumbents try to build a big war chest as a disincentive for people to challenge, so Mr. Reid can indeed run the Cadillac of campaigns,” said Jennifer Duffy, a senior editor for the Cook Political Report. “But the real issue is whether challengers can meet the basic threshold of money required to run a competitive race.”

Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, had a similar analysis.

“What’s more important is the challengers spending just enough to get out their message,” he said.

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