Hochul Winning Money Race in Hotly Contested Battle

5:17 PM, Oct 28, 2012   |    comments
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - As Election Day creeps closer, now to just 10 days away, the spotlight in western New York is focused on the schedules of both candidates for the 27th Congressional District. 

Polls show that Democrat incumbent Kathy Hochul is tied with Republican challenger Chris Collins, who's a former Erie County executive.

But that doesn't seem to be the case in the money race.

According to campaign finance reports from both sides, it appears that Hochul has more cash on hand to finish the race than Collins.

As of October 17th, Hochul has roughly $651,000 in funding on hand. This is far more that the $179,000 that Collins says he has to spend.

Both Hochul and Collins were at the Orchard Park Senior Center Saturday afternoon to talk about the issues of the election, like Medicare and the economy. Both campaigns say they're going to as many places as they can before Election Day.

"We just filed a report that there's been thousands and thousands of people sending me contributions and we're going to have the resources to go the distance," Hochul said.

Collins tells 2 On Your Side that, "[Hochul] has a lot more money than I have, but we certainly have been competitive on TV our message has been delivered somewhat it comes down to is messaging."

A big reason why both campaigns don't have as much money as they did starting the race is because of spending on television commercials.

Our partners at Investigative Post say more than 5,000 ads have been aired.

Campaign finance numbers show that Collins has spent $2.2 million on the campaign and that Hochul has spent $1.7 million.

Money reports from both campaigns show that Collins is mostly self-funded and that Hochul gets more of her money from large contributions.

Collins says that he'll have a new TV commercial hitting the airwaves soon and that he'll be criss-crossing more of the rural counties like Orleans County Saturday night. 


Meantime, the Hochul campaign has been to more urban areas in Erie and Niagara counties.























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