Christina Hale trumps Victoria Spartz
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The Democrat Christina Hale surpasses her opponent, the Republican Victoria Spartz, in the 5th
Between May 14 and June 30, Hale raised nearly $ 410,000 from supporters, which provided her with around $ 726,000 in cash. She didn’t lend any money to her campaign.
Meanwhile, Spartz received approximately $ 196,000 in donations, including $ 750 from herself. She granted herself an additional $ 324,000 personal loan, which ended the quarter with nearly $ 170,000 in cash provided.
Including donations and loans, Spartz raised approximately $ 523,000.
During the primaries, Hale raised more than any of the Republican candidates, including Spartz.
Meanwhile, Spartz has largely self-financed her campaign since the primaries began. So far, she has given herself $ 1.074 million in personal loans.
The district that stretches from the northern parts of Marion County to the city of Marion and has always been a Republican stronghold. In 2018, Republican Susan Brooks won the district by almost 14 percentage points and in 2016 President Donald Trump won the district by almost 12 percentage points.
The Democrats were largely able to take control of the US House of Representatives in 2018 as voters migrated to the left in the suburbs. Indiana Democrats are optimistic they can get this out of the running with incumbent Brooks in the general election. Republicans, however, are optimistic that the district is still right-wing.
Democrats received another dose of hope earlier this month when well-known political analyst group Sabatos Crystal Ball changed its racial rating from “lean Republican”. to a “throwing up”.
Other rating agencies are still showing the Republicans have the upper hand. For example, Cook Political Report called the district a “skinny Republican” and Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales called the district “likely Republican”.
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