As Rocky Mountain Right already has reported, Republican Walker Stapleton for the second straight quarter outraised incumbent Democrat state treasurer Cary Kennedy — narrowly this time, by a margin of $106,000 to $103,000.
Stapleton points out in his press release that he is “the first candidate for Colorado State Treasurer ever to raise more than $100,000 in each of two consecutive fundraising quarters.” Clearly impressive. The Republican hopeful has a roughly 3-to-2 cash-on-hand advantage over Kennedy, too: $215,000 to $141,000.
Stapleton’s GOP primary rival J.J. Ament — who won out over Stapleton in our most recent survey of Colorado’s political temperature — brought in a very respectable $86,000. No cash-on-hand amount was reported, but clearly he is behind both his Republican rival and the incumbent Democrat.
There’s still a long ways to go in this race, but each of the Republican candidates is proving their bona fides and capability to win back the state treasurer’s office into fiscally conservative hands. It will be interesting to see how the race shapes up.