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February 2, 2024

Self-funding Smith still leads 3rd district money race

Dirk Rowley
February 2, 2024 | WANE15

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Prepare for more political ads.

The top four candidates in the race to replace Congressman Jim Banks in Indiana’s third district continue to have significant cash on hand, according to paperwork filed with the Federal Election Commission this week.

Businessman and non-profit leader Tim Smith reported a sizable advantage with more than $832,000 available. Smith listed a $400,000 loan to his campaign, on top of an initial loan of $500,000.

“Tim is clearly in first place regarding total money and cash on hand,” said Smith campaign manager Ben Davis, adding most of Smith’s other donations had come from inside the district.

Former Judge Wendy Davis reported more than $337,000 on hand, noting that she had contributed the least to her own campaign and her support was widespread.

“My family and I appreciate every single dollar donation, word of encouragement, and prayer on our behalf,” Davis told WANE 15. “We are running a grassroots campaign, and truly could not do it without the support from conservatives in our community who have stepped up on our behalf.”

State Senator Andy Zay said his campaign had more than $228,000 to spend, adding “For 12 months I have crisscrossed the district attending over 700 events and meeting thousands of voters.  The outpouring of support I have received has been humbling and I look forward to continuing to get my message out across the district.“

Former Congressman Marlin Stutzman said he felt good about his $174,000 on hand.

“We are right in the middle of the pack and I know we’re going to finish strong here in the next 90 days. The other candidates are all great folks, but, my experience in both Congress and over the last eight years in business has me well-positioned to serve the third district again after this next election.”

Not all money raised is available for the primary; FEC rules treat primary and general election money differently.

No other Republican reported more than $20,000 on hand.

Phil Goss led the Democratic candidates with roughly $35,000 on hand.

The Indiana primary is May 7.


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