By June 1, more than $128,000 worth of political TV ads aired about the races, mostly from Senate candidate and obstetrician Siobhan Dunnavant, one of four Republican candidates vying for retiring Republican Sen. Walter Stosch’s seat, according to estimates from media tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG.
One of the only House of Delegates candidates to air broadcast TV ads this cycle is Democrat Preston Brown, who is challenging Del. Betsy Carr in the primary, according to Kantar Media/CMAG.
Howell, the House speaker, more than doubled his campaign war chest in the past two months, raising more than $500,000, as he faces a challenge in the Republican primary from Stimpson.
Stimpson, by comparison, raised $104,000, about a tenth as much as Howell during the whole campaign period, according to VPAP.
But Stimpson’s efforts have been backed by tea party leaders such as Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, and former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.
Paul’s nonprofit, the Campaign for Liberty, sponsored mailers attacking Howell, according to The Washington Post. Neither Stimpson’s campaign nor the organization has disclosed the cost of the mailers to either the state or the Federal Election Commission.