A bulging warchest
Less than a month until Election Day and the Republicans appear to have a large monetary edge over the Democrats when it comes to competing for control of the state Senate.
According to information compiled by New York Public Interest Research Group's Bill Mahoney, the Republican committees involved in Senate races have more than five times the money of the Democratic committees involved in Senate races. This ratio is almost the exact same as it was in July.
These numbers don't bode well for the Democratic hopes of retaking the state Senate, which hinge heavily on winning the newly created 46th Senate District in the Capital Region. This race pits Assemblyman George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, against Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk, in a district most political observers believe was designed for Amedore to win.
The Republican advantage could be even greater, though, as Mahoney notes that some committees supporting Republican Senate candidates haven't released updated information since July.
<&ndash> Not included in his calculations are "Super PACs," which don't report their financial statements the same way or on the same timetable as traditional political committees.
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