Cash flows into Blakeslee-Laird race
August 7, 2010
During the last two months, both Republican Sam Blakeslee and Democrat John Laird have each raised about $1 million for their campaigns in the special state Senate election. [Santa Cruz Sentinel]
An additional $2.5 million has been contributed by special interests.
JOBSPAC, a consortium of oil, real estate, and insurance groups, has poured $750,000 into the campaign against Laird.
Meanwhile, the California State Council of Service Employees is spending more than $500,000 for radio ads and campaign mailers against Blakeslee.
Election officials report that more people have already submitted their mail-in ballots at this point than for the June 22 primary–by about 3 percent.
To underscore the intense stakes surrounding this election, President Obama endorsed Laird last week. Analysts agree that it is rare for a U.S. president to get involved in state races.
Meanwhile, Blakeslee and Laird debated Friday night in Arroyo Grande and may meet again on August 13 in Paso Robles.
The special election is scheduled for Aug. 17.