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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."

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: billnelson; florida; katherineharris; ussenate
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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.

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?

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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