The accelerated pace of a statewide special election makes fundraising a bit more difficult than it is during a regular scheduled election. Candidates with pre-existing accounts have an advantage similar that to an incumbent. Here’s a quick look at the finances of potential candidates for the US Senate special election to fill John Kerry's seat that have existing federal campaign accounts. The most recent FEC data was used.
Stephen Lynch – The former South Boston ironworker faced off largely token opposition in his 2012 reelection campaign ending November with $740,412 cash on hand and no debts
Ed Markey – The longest serving member of Congress from Massachusetts happens to have the largest war chest of any of the potential Senate candidates at $3,142,000. The Malden Democrat has no debts.
Bill Keating – With so little time in office Keating is a bit of a longshot but he reported $273,768 in cash on hand at the end of November along with no debts. Keating faced off surprisingly weak opposition from one of the state’s more conservative regions during his 2012 reelection campaign.
Mike Capuano – Some close to Capuano suggest say he won’t risk losing another Senate bid but easily winning reelection he has more than enough money to launch a 2013 bid. Capuano finished November with $491,133 and no debt.
Setti Warren – It would be unlikely that the Newton mayor runs again for a variety of reasons but for starters his campaign’s last report indicates he has just $4,449 in cash on hand and over $88,000 in debt.
Scott Brown – After nearly depleting his substantial campaign war chest in his epic battle with Elizabeth Warren he is left with $464,157 according to reports filed at the end of November. The Globe reported earlier this month that that figure will drop to somewhere around $150,000 - $200,000 after outstanding bills are resolved.
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