Politics & Government

Andy Barr maintains strong cash advantage over Elisabeth Jensen in Kentucky congressional race

Andy Barr, left, and Elisabeth Jensen
Andy Barr, left, and Elisabeth Jensen

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, is maintaining a strong campaign fundraising advantage over Elisabeth Jensen, his Democratic challenger in the Nov. 4 election.

From July 1 to Sept. 30, Barr raised $426,072, spent $827,592 and ended the period with $759,493 in cash on hand, according to a finance report that his campaign filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission. Overall, Barr has raised $2.53 million for the 2014 election.

During the same period, Jensen raised $185,188, spent $348,350 and ended with $113,139 in cash on hand, according to her campaign's FEC report. Overall, Jensen has raised $711,495 for the election, and $100,000 of that was a loan she made to her campaign.

Barr has so much cash that he gave away more money in those three months than Jensen collected. He donated $125,000 to the Kentucky Republican Party, $62,500 to the National Republican Congressional Committee and $15,000 to various Republican House and Senate campaigns.

Barr, who is finishing his first term, represents Central Kentucky's 6th Congressional District. Jensen runs an education nonprofit in Lexington.

Jensen's campaign has not aired television ads since early September, but her campaign said Wednesday that it intends to run ads during the final two weeks of the campaign. Barr has run ads for several weeks.

Barr and Jensen are scheduled to appear at two televised forums before the election. On Oct. 20, they will be guests on KET's Kentucky Tonight, airing live at 8 p.m. At 7 p.m. Oct. 27, they will take panelist questions at the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond. The EKU forum will air live on WKYT-TV in Lexington and WEKU-FM (88.9) in Richmond.

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