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Espy raises $640K this quarter: Hyde-Smith retains 2:1 campaign cash advantage

By: Frank Corder - July 16, 2020

Quarterly campaign reports were due July 15th from those candidates running for federal offices in the 2020 cycle.

Incumbent Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith’s July filing shows $212,000 in contributions this period with $1.2 million cash on hand, leaving her with nearly a 2:1 cash advantage over Democrat Mike Espy in their upcoming race for the second time in as many years.

Espy’s filing shows some $640,000 this period with $680,000 cash on hand.

Joseph O’Hern, Espy’s campaign manager, noted that “10,000 individuals” contributed to the Espy campaign during this reporting period. A substantial volume of Espy’s contributions continue to come from out of state interests and notable national Democrat party donors.

The race continues to be ranked as “Safe Republican” at this point by every major rating group.

First Congressional District

Incumbent Republican Congressman Trent Kelly reported raising $96,000 this period and has $150,000 cash on hand. His Democrat opponent, Antonia Eliason, reported $1,600 in contributions this period with $11,000 cash on hand heading toward November.

Second Congressional District

Congressman Bennie Thompson, the incumbent Democrat, raised $96,000 during this quarter and reports $1.5 million cash on hand. Brian Flowers, the Republican nominee, has no reporting showing on the FEC site.

Third Congressional District

Incumbent Republican Congressman Michael Guest took in nearly $32,000 this reporting period and maintains a cash on hand balance of $238,000. Dorothy Benford, his Democrat opponent in November, has no reports showing on the FEC site.

Fourth Congressional District

Republican Congressman Steven Palazzo is unopposed in November, however he did report bring in $52,000 this period and shows $278,000 cash on hand.

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Frank Corder

Frank Corder is a native of Pascagoula. For nearly two decades, he has reported and offered analysis on government, public policy, business and matters of faith. Frank’s interviews, articles, and columns have been shared throughout Mississippi as well as in national publications such as the Daily Caller. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, providing insight and commentary on the inner workings of the Magnolia State. Frank has served his community in both elected and appointed public office, hosted his own local radio and television programs, and managed private businesses all while being an engaged husband and father. Email Frank: