Release: Schmidt heads into general election with more cash on hand than Kelly

TOPEKA – (July 25, 2022) – Kansas Attorney General and Republican Candidate for Governor Derek Schmidt will report more than $1.5 million cash on hand heading into the August 2 primary election, more than Democrat Governor Laura Kelly and the most by any non-incumbent candidate for governor in Kansas history, Schmidt’s campaign announced today.

Schmidt has raised more than $2.3 million so far during the 2022 primary election period, also setting a new record for any non-incumbent candidate for governor at this stage of the race. Schmidt’s fundraising total comes in the race to unseat Kelly, who is running for re-election and reported $1.3 million cash on hand. 

Schmidt’s campaign will report raising $707,279.02 between January 1 and July 21, which combined with the more than $1.6 million raised in 2021 brings his primary total to more than $2.3 million raised. Schmidt has received donations from all 105 Kansas counties. 

“Despite Laura Kelly and her liberal dark money allies spending more than $5 million dollars on false and misleading advertising, the momentum is clearly on our side,” Schmidt campaign manager CJ Grover said. “Kansans are disappointed with Governor Kelly’s failures and are excited about Derek’s positive vision for our state, and that’s reflected in today’s report.” 

The previous high water marks for both funds raised and cash on hand by a non-incumbent at this stage were held by Paul Davis in 2014. Davis raised $2,122,719.37 to date and reported $1,320,066.26 cash on hand.

In 2018, Kelly had raised $728,717.97 to date and reported $236,128.08 cash on hand.