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Harris is running low on cash, latest financial reports show
Orlando Sentinel ^ | 10/17/2006 | Jim Stratton

Posted on 10/17/2006 5:51:32 AM PDT by Happy Valley Dude

With three weeks until Election Day, U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris has less than $1 million in the bank, an amount that leaves her Senate campaign all but dead in the water, according to political analysts.



Unless Harris dumps millions of her own money into the campaign, there is little chance she'll dent the double-digit lead of Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.



"The outcome is all but preordained at this point," said Robert Jackson, a professor of political science at Florida State University.



University of Central Florida professor Aubrey Jewett agreed. "That is anemic," said Jewett. "She'd need a heck of a lot more money to even make it close."



As of Sept. 30, Harris had about $964,000 on hand, according to campaign-finance reports.



Nelson had about $6.8 million, or seven times as much.



Nelson had raised about $17 million, compared with Harris' $8.7 million.



About $3.25 million of her total comes from Harris' personal fortune.



Without a quick dose of cash, Harris can not afford meaningful airtime on Florida television stations.



It costs about $1 million a week to run commercials in the state's big markets.



Harris has not been on the air since the September primary.



Nelson's ads have been in running for the past few weeks.



His campaign has spent $6.3 million on TV ads. "They're very powerful, they're very positive, and they've been nonstop," said University of South Florida political analyst Susan MacManus. Harris, she said, "doesn't have a lot of options left."

(Excerpt) Read more at orlandosentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: billnelson; florida; katherineharris; ussenate
Congresswoman Harris' campaign's finances may not be as bleak as this article portrays it to be. Earlier this year she promised that she would donate $10 million of her own money to the campaign. She has only contributed $3.25 million so far, so as long as she is true to her word she should be donating another $6.75 million.
1 posted on 10/17/2006 5:51:34 AM PDT by Happy Valley Dude
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To: Happy Valley Dude

She'd be throwing away money. I haven't seen anything to indicate she has much of a chance. That money might have been nice earlier but it won't be that useful three weeks out. She's going to lose so she might as well not throw away a small fortune to boot.


2 posted on 10/17/2006 5:54:05 AM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: Happy Valley Dude

I would like to know just exacly how much the RNC has financially helped Katherine Harris. They pledged their support after her primary victory. Where are they?


3 posted on 10/17/2006 5:55:06 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: Happy Valley Dude

This will help OTHER republicans as a Nelson landslide keeps democrats home.

We have other house races that NEED REPUBLICAN VOTES.

Harris may be near finished, but the others have a fighting chance. We need to keep the house!


GET OUT AND VOTE FOLKS!!!!!!


4 posted on 10/17/2006 5:55:21 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Happy Valley Dude

The lady wanted to reach the skies too prematurely. She should have stayed a congresswoman for another few years before she runs for a Senate bid. Now she almost has no chance of winning and not only that but the House seat in her district is now in jeopardy of being taken by a democrat.


5 posted on 10/17/2006 5:56:15 AM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: Happy Valley Dude
Katherine Harris is a classy lady who we are indebted to. It is too bad she never really seem to have much of a chance, however making such a facetious argument has no place here. Kicking someone while they are down serves no purpose.
6 posted on 10/17/2006 5:58:08 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: jveritas

My cat could beat any democrat in her district.


7 posted on 10/17/2006 5:59:09 AM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: bill1952

I am hearing and reading that the Republican hold on the House seat in her district is in great jeopardy? Is true or it is just another delusional thinking by the liberal media and their biased polls? How strong of Republican leaning is that district?


8 posted on 10/17/2006 6:07:13 AM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: jveritas

If the Demo tidal wave is as strong as they try to make us think it is, even Harris probably would be vulnerable if she ran for reelection. She won twice with about 55% as I recall. I must check again but I think the vote for GWB in that district was also not too high, in the mid 50s range. Still it ought to be securely GOP. Not sure what's gone wrong there. Hopefully a big victory by Crist for governor will help carry in other Repubs.


9 posted on 10/17/2006 6:26:10 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: Happy Valley Dude
I hate to say it. I'm going to vote for her, but here is Katherine's campaign:

10 posted on 10/17/2006 6:28:52 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Happy Valley Dude

Plate her, put her on the pickup counter and ring for the waitress. She's done.


11 posted on 10/17/2006 6:50:49 AM PDT by MineralMan (Non-evangelical Atheist)
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To: MineralMan

It's a shame.

This is a seat we should have won, and a seat we well might need.


12 posted on 10/17/2006 7:25:42 AM PDT by highball (Proud to announce the birth of little Highball, Junior - Feb. 7, 2006!)
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To: highball

Yes, it is a seat that should have been easily won with the right candidate. KH was not that candidate. Some really bad decisions have been made, and not just in Florida.


13 posted on 10/17/2006 8:04:13 AM PDT by MineralMan (Non-evangelical Atheist)
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To: MineralMan

Tell me about it. I've got Jeanine Pirro on my ballot....


14 posted on 10/17/2006 8:56:25 AM PDT by highball (Proud to announce the birth of little Highball, Junior - Feb. 7, 2006!)
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To: jveritas
jveritas said: "The lady wanted to reach the skies too prematurely. She should have stayed a congresswoman for another few years before she runs for a Senate bid. "

And how does one explain or justify Hillary's win of a Senate seat? Is there really a distinction here that the Republicans must recognize but that means nothing to Democrats?

Just because a person has an unstable personality and apparently lies for no good reason, that is no justification for denying her a Senate seat, is it?

I'm talking about Hillary.

15 posted on 10/17/2006 10:58:07 AM PDT by William Tell (RKBA for California (rkba.members.sonic.net) - Volunteer by contacting Dave at rkba@sonic.net)
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To: William Tell

Hillary was running for a vacant Senate seat. If she was running against a Republican incumbent she would have less chance of winning. Beside New York is one of the most liberal states in the country.


16 posted on 10/17/2006 11:08:02 AM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: SmoothTalker
I am getting sick and tired of all this negativity. If you really don't think Harris will win, keep it to yourself. We need to charge the air with positive affirmation - not fear and doubt.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

17 posted on 10/17/2006 11:21:56 AM PDT by Hoodat ( ETERNITY - Smoking, or Non-smoking?)
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To: Hoodat

We don't always have to be cheerleaders for the GOP. Sometimes it's helpful to have a discussion rooted in reality.

After all, nobody here is going to stay home on November 7th because we said Harris squandered our chance to pick up a Senate seat.


18 posted on 10/17/2006 1:15:09 PM PDT by highball (Proud to announce the birth of little Highball, Junior - Feb. 7, 2006!)
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To: Hoodat

I'm sure if we think happy thoughts the disaster that has been the Harris campaign will magically fix itself and she'll win.


19 posted on 10/17/2006 2:40:30 PM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: MineralMan

"Yes, it is a seat that should have been easily won with the right candidate"

A damn good point. A poor job by my own statesLibby Dole of recruiting candidates can be pointed at for one reason we will lose this winnable seat.


20 posted on 10/17/2006 2:41:51 PM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: SmoothTalker; Happy Valley Dude

>>Congresswoman Harris' campaign's finances may not be as bleak as this article portrays it to be. Earlier this year she promised that she would donate $10 million of her own money to the campaign. She has only contributed $3.25 million so far, so as long as she is true to her word she should be donating another $6.75 million.






To: Happy Valley Dude
She'd be throwing away money. I haven't seen anything to indicate she has much of a chance. That money might have been nice earlier but it won't be that useful three weeks out. She's going to lose so she might as well not throw away a small fortune to boot.
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I have to agree, at this late stage, simply throwing all the rest of her money into her campaign will make little or no difference at all .

She should save her money !

She will need it after the election, since she will be out of a job less than five months from now . .

Too bad, I would love to see her win .

I tried to warn Katherine Harris early last Spring that she should reconsider her options and that running for re-election to her House seat would be the wiser action .

I admire her tenacity, but stubborness is no virtue . . . .


21 posted on 10/19/2006 1:00:28 AM PDT by marc costanzo
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To: William Tell

>>And how does one explain or justify Hillary's win of a Senate seat? Is there really a distinction here that the Republicans must recognize but that means nothing to Democrats?

Just because a person has an unstable personality and apparently lies for no good reason, that is no justification for denying her a Senate seat, is it?
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To be sure, Hitlery got most of her votes from Nuke York City .

That 'Moscow on the Hudson' has always been a 'CRAT Town' .


22 posted on 10/19/2006 1:04:32 AM PDT by marc costanzo
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To: SmoothTalker

oh wait..... just two days ago the report was she was within 5 points of Nelson in a Zogby poll that was to be released the next day

anyone have those numbers?

I pray for a Harris win but I ain't holding my breah


23 posted on 10/19/2006 1:11:40 AM PDT by Lib-Lickers 2
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