The final campaign finance reports prior to the February 8th primary were due for all municipal races yesterday, January 31st. The reports are often used by political pundits to gauge momentum in the latter part of races, and are frequently seen as more indicative of a race’s outcome than fundraising reports submitted earlier in the race.
Assuming the most recent campaign finance reports hold to this form, they paint a very clear picture of who is likely to come out on top next Tuesday: Carol Hefner.
Even though she entered the race on November 29th, Hefner has outgained all of her opponents since by an astounding margin. Since her announcement, Hefner has collected $236,420, more than doubling Urbanic’s total revenue and far outpacing Holt for the same time period.
Urbanic has only raised $112,507 total for his entire campaign. Jimmy Lawson is last with only $8,378 raised for his entire campaign.
Perhaps the most impressive stat is how Hefner’s fundraising compares to Mayor Holt’s for the same time period. While Holt (who is supported by all of the far-left labor unions) raised $684,401 from the beginning of his campaign up until December 1st, his fundraising nearly ground to a halt once Hefner entered, drawing only $99,570 since.
Even more astounding is January 22nd reports, which show Hefner lapping Holt in fundraising by over $100,000…$149,380 to $38,639. That is a mind-boggling 386% more fundraising for the first 3 weeks of January alone.
Ignite Liberty reached out to the Hefner campaign for comment on her historic surge, and received the following in response:
We are astounded at the overwhelming support we have received in such a short amount of time! We are deeply grateful for the trust the proud citizens of our great city are placing in our campaign to restore a proper government that protects life, liberty, and property to Oklahoma City. The deluge of donations continues even to this day signaling that the people of Oklahoma City are ready to be done with the corrupt Holt regime once and for all! Together we will restore law and order to our streets, free our businesses from excessive and unlawful government intrusion, audit the MAPS projects, and create an Oklahoma City that every Oklahoman can be proud of!”
With the impending winter storm threatening to lock down the OKC Metro area early voting is likely to be scarce this year. Given the propensity of conservative voters to outperform democrat voters (who will likely support Holt) on Election Day the race may just be shaping up to deliver Hefner a decisive overall victory as well.
If she were to meet or exceed 51% on the 8th, she would win the race outright without a runoff…a historic feat if it happens.
Calvey Leads All DA Hopefulls
Conservative stalwart Kevin Calvey, who was also a late-entry into the Oklahoma County District Attorney race, performed equally as well in fundraising, pulling in approximately $125,000 since launching his campaign on November 8th. The primary for that race is in June.
Calvey’s nearest competitor is Gayland Gieger who raised less than $30,000, Jacqui Ford raised $17,000, while Robert Gray (who is Frank Urbanic’s partner in his law practice) raised $8,000. Calvey raised more money in seven weeks than Gieger raised in 39 weeks.
In response to the overwhelming support, Calvey’s campaign released the following statement:
Our team is blessed with great supporters, and I’m grateful for their contributions,” Kevin Calvey said. “It is abundantly clear that voters in Oklahoma County want a conservative overhaul of the District Attorney’s office. We need to prioritize public safety, support our law enforcement officers, and get the best possible rate of return for our tax dollars.
“We are in it to win it. It’s a team effort, and our team has put us into a strong lead.”
Given the overwhelming groundswell of conservative support for Hefner and Calvey, it appears like the citizens of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County are poised to begin draining the OKC Swamp…and not a moment too soon.