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Morning Digest: The New York mayoral candidate's mammoth fundraising will increase the destiny of his opponents

To qualify for Matching Funds, a candidate must raise at least $ 250,000 from city residents contributing between $ 10 and $ 250. Participating candidates may also accept contributions from donors up to $ 2,000, whether or not they are New York City residents. However, this money cannot be adjusted. Candidates like McGuire who opt out of the program altogether can raise up to $ 5,100 from donors and spend as much as they want.

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So far, the City Campaign Finance Board has confirmed that two candidates for mayor, Brooklyn City President Eric Adams and City Administrator Scott Stringer, have met the requirements, despite former Mayor Maya Wiley's campaign saying last week she got enough money too collected in order to qualify.

Adams had $ 6.7 million compared to Stringer's $ 5.8 million. However, Stringer's team expects it will receive an additional $ 1.6 million if the appropriate funds are distributed on February 16, while Adams' campaign expects it will then receive $ 982,000 . Wiley meanwhile had only $ 316,000 to spend, but her camp expects to receive $ 2.2 million next month after the Campaign Finance Board officially decided that she would be eligible for the Matching Funds program qualified.

Other candidates could also qualify for public funding, although they have all fallen short so far. Navy veteran Zach Iscol, who had $ 485,000 to spare, was about $ 20,000 away from qualifying. Nonprofit manager Dianne Morales had $ 128,000 in the bank, and she told that Times last week it was $ 70,000 away from the $ 250,000 minimum.

A few more candidates are still hoping to meet the public funding threshold, although they still have some way to go. Former White House Administrator and Budget Director Shaun Donovan had a $ 913,000 to $ 277,000 head start over former Sanitary Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, but they were each about $ 100,000 away from what it takes to unlock appropriate funds.

Additional candidates, including Alderman Carlos Menchaca and former City Veteran's Commissioner Loree Sutton, were each low on cash and well below what they would need for the quality of the program. For his part, 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced shortly before the entry deadline, despite the Times writes that he "is expected to compete with other leading candidates in raising funds".

Governors

MD-Gov: A fundraising advisor to Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George's county executive, whose name was often mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate for governor, recently considered the Baltimore Sun. that Alsobrook's' $ 1 million campaign war chest "undoubtedly gives her the resources to do what she wants to do," adding, "The possibilities are limitless."

Meanwhile, former Attorney General Doug Gansler claims that despite bringing in $ 225,000 last year, he is not actively raising funds for a gubernatorial campaign, but instead suggests actually thinking about the race. "For the few people who look to next year," said Gansler, "they know me and see me as an experienced progressive who can win."

Gansler is almost right: Few people see him as someone who can win. When he last ran for governor in 2014, he lost his Democratic Elementary School severely after a disastrous election campaign ended in an incident where he was photographed partying with drunk teenagers in Delaware claiming he did not have the "moral" Authority "to stop someone from drinking even though they are the top law enforcement officer in their state. If anyone wanted him back, it would be us Really curious to hear why.

MI-Gov: U.S. attorney Matthew Schneider, who is about to step down from his private law firm, didn't rule out an offer for a governor or attorney general in 2022 in new comments on Crain's Detroit business, but said, "My first priority right now I need something to do with my family. ”Schneider, a Republican, was appointed to his current position by Donald Trump, but he has his one-time patron due to Trump's decision this week to pardon former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who Had only served six years in prison for 28 years, corruption beaten up.

MN-Gov: Republican MP Pete Stauber declined to rule out an offer for the governor in a new interview with an extremely cumbersome triple negative: "I will never say what I will never do," he did not say. Fortunately, Stauber was clearer in his next comment, in which he said, "I keep all options open."

House

NC-05: Bo Hines, who played as a wide receiver in the North Carolina state in 2014 before moving to Yale, said Wednesday he would be aiming for the Republican nomination for the very red 5th district. In his announcement video, Hines did not mention nine-year-old MP Virginia Foxx, who has long been one of the most extreme members of the GOP caucus, let alone a reason why primary voters in this seat in western Piedmont and Appalachia should fire her.

Hines may be hoping Foxx, who is three times his age at 77, will retire, but she doesn't sound like she's going anywhere. Instead, the incumbent said she was looking forward to competing again in 2022 against anyone who could throw a hat in the ring. However, it is also possible that the upcoming round of restructuring will prevent a conflict between Foxx and Hines.

NJ-03: Former Mayor of Evesham, Randy Brown, a Republican who is also on the coaching staff of the Baltimore Ravens, again does not rule out an offer against Democratic MP Andy Kim in this seat on the coast of South Jersey. Brown talked about running here in the 2014 and 2020 cycles, and also considered a gubernatorial offer for 2017, but stayed out each time.

Brown, who describes himself as a "proud Trump supporter," criticized the former White House resident for "causing many of his extreme supporters to storm our Capitol," but he was all too happy, some of the biggest lies from Trump to parrots. Offending Democratic Governor Phil Murphy's successful push to launch mail-in votes, Brown insisted, "As we all know, NJ has been a hotbed of mail in electoral fraud."

Legislative

Special elections: There is a special election on Saturday in Texas:

TX-HD-68: This is a large Republican borough stretching from areas northeast of Dallas to the Texas Panhandle. That seat was vacated by former MP Drew Springer, who won a special election for a seat in the Senate last year. There are four Republicans and one Democrat, and as always in the Texas special election, all candidates vote in one ballot. If no candidate wins a majority of the votes, a runoff election will take place on a date to be determined.

Cooke County Judge Jason Brinkley, financial planner John Berry, businessman Craig Carter, and attorney David Spiller are the Republican candidates, while retired postal worker Charles Gregory is the only controversial Democrat. This is one of the most GOP-oriented counties in the state, having endorsed Donald Trump 83-14 in 2016 and Mitt Romney 81-18 in 2012.

This is the only vacancy in this chamber that Republicans control between 82 and 67.

mayor

Mayor of Fort Worth, TX: Alderman Brian Byrd received endorsement this week from Rep. Kay Granger, a Republican who previously served as mayor of Fort Worth from 1991-1995.

Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA: Rep. Ed Gainey announced this week that he would challenge Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto in the May 18 Democratic primary. This is the competition that is important in this very blue city.

Gainey endorsed Peduto during its successful 2013 and 2017 campaigns, but argued that the incumbent operator failed to address the city's economic, racial, and housing disparities during his tenure. Gainey, who would be the city's first black leader, also ran as a more liberal candidate than Peduto.

Other races

VA-LG: Campaign fundraising reports are slated for the race to succeed Democratic Governor Justin Fairfax, who is leaving that post to run for governor, and Democratic candidates ended 2020 with a huge financial advantage over their Republican counterparts.

The stakes for this office, which is responsible for overcoming blockades in the Senate, are always high, and this year is no different. Democrats enjoy a narrow 21:19 majority in the upper chamber, and Team Blue would have no room for mistake on key votes if they lost the lieutenant governor's key vote.

We start with the checkout numbers for the main Democratic competitors in June:

Del. Sam Rasoul: $ 602,000
Andria McClellan, Norfolk City Council member: $ 220,000
Del. Mark Levine: $ 206,000
Sean Perryman, NAACP President of Fairfax County: $ 171,000
Del. Elizabeth Guzman: $ 138,000
Del. Hala Ayala: $ 108,000
Businessman Xavier Warren: $ 20,000
Former State Party Chairman Paul Goldman: $ 2,000

Republicans all had a lot less to spend:

Businessman Puneet Ahluwalia: $ 41,000
Businessman Lance Allen: $ 25,000
Del. Glenn Davis: $ 18,000
Former Del. Tim Hugo: Not submitted

Note that the Republican nomination is decided by a party conference rather than a traditional primary.

VA-AG: Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring decided last year to seek a third term in 2021 instead of running for governor, but he has to get past a well-funded lead antagonist in June. Del. Jay Jones entered the race before Herring clarified his plans and resumed his campaign after the incumbent announced his re-election offer, and he ended December at $ 736,000. Hering had a larger war chest of $ 1.1 million, but Jones, who became the first African American to hold the post, will at least have the means to get his message across.

On the Republican side, Del. Jason Miyares had a $ 317,000- $ 35,000 lead over attorney Chuck Smith. The GOP candidate is selected at a party conference and not through an elementary school.

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