One candidate in the GOP primary for Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District seat is shaking off a disappointing fundraising report. State Representative Alecia Webb-Edgington was at one point considered the favorite in the crowded field, due to her party connections and early support. But in recent reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Webb-Edgington has fallen behind two other candidates, Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore and Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie. Both raised more than $200,000.
Webb-Edgington raised $116,000. She says the financial disadvantage doesn’t mean she’s out of the race.
“I know of a number of folks who have outraised people traditionally and have not prevailed in political races. I think that’s a historical proof you can see that in a number of races,” she says.
Webb-Edgington pointed to 20 recent endorsements she’s collected from officials across the Fourth District as character references for her candidacy. She also says her experience in state government means she knows how to manage a budget. Webb-Edgington says she’ll use those skills to maximize the money she’s raised.
“So I’m very proud of where we’re at. And we will continue to raise money as we move along, but the most important thing is known your budget and be able to work a budget and I’m there and I know how to do that,” she says.
Moore leads all GOP candidates when it comes to fundraising, while Massie is close behind. But Moore’s campaign points to a large personal loan Massie made to his campaign as a weakness that Moore doesn’t have when it comes to fundraising.
There are also two Democrats vying for the seat, but the Republican-leaning district is expected to go to the GOP nominee.
The seat is currently held by Republican Geoff Davis, who is retiring.