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October 15, 2008

Kratovil out-raises Harris

Or so his campaign says; the report isn't actually posted on the FEC's website yet. A news release from Frank Kratovil's campaign says the Democrat raised $602,827 in the third quarter, compared to $558,891.83 for Andy Harris. It marks the first quarter in which Kratovil posted a bigger number than Harris, though that's only because Harris loaned his own campaign $100,000 last quarter.

It's best to take the early numbers with something of a grain of salt until we can actually see the report -- the Kratovil release conspicuously doesn't mention the Democrat's cash on hand, which at this stage in the game is crucial. He may have raised a bunch last quarter but spent even more. We don't know yet. Also, we don't know where his money is coming from.

But that said, the numbers do reinforce the sense that we've got the first truly competitve Congressional general election Maryland has seen since 2002.

Posted by Andy Green at 4:31 PM | | Comments (1)


Andy Harris' trademark dirty tricks have begun!!!! Our neighborhood has been overwhelmingly displaying Kratovil lawn signs. Today our sign has been taken. Does Andy Harris think that just because my lawn sign is down that I will support him? Two wrongs - Andy Harris' politics and the taking of my sign- will never move me to the right!

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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