Randy Wadkins, a Democrat running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District, has raised more money than any other Democratic non-incumbent in a House race within the state.
According to the most recent round of campaign finance reports to the Federal Elections Commissions, Wadkins has, since the current election cycle began, received about $122,700 in donations.
As of June, the end of the most recent reporting period, Wadkins had about $55,900 in campaign cash on hand.
Wadkins is a chemistry and biochemistry professor at the University of Mississippi making his run at elected office.
Other Democrats running in territory typically friendly to Republicans, like Wadkins, have coffers that are much leaner.
Jeramey Anderson, a state lawmaker running as a Democrat in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District has raised about $73,200 since the beginning of the election cycle and has $10,000 in cash on hand.
Anderson is facing GOP incumbent Rep. Steven Palazzo.
Michael Ted Evans, also a state legislator, is running as a Democrat in Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District and is coming off a contested primary. He has raised just shy of $16,000 and at the end of June had just about $6,000 in cash on hand.
There is no incumbent in the 3rd Congressional District, but the seat has historically been safely Republican. Evans faces Republican nominee Michael Guest.
The state’s sole Democratic representative in Washington D.C., Bennie Thompson, of the 2nd Congressional District, has raised more than $700,000 this election cycle, and has about $1.3 million in cash on hand even as he routinely wins re-election by wide margins.
Wadkins has been a declared candidate well over a year. His fellow Democratic longshots are both more recent candidates. Anderson announced last fall. Evans announced earlier this year after incumbent Rep. Gregg Harper declined to seek re-election.
Wadkins’ financial standing, however, is dwarfed by that of his rival, as it has been since the beginning of the campaign.
Throughout the current election cycle, Kelly, seeking a second full term since he won election to a partial term in 2015, has raised about $649,000 and as of June had about $112,500 in cash on hand.