Democratic Senate nominee Edward J. Markey raised roughly $1 million more than Republican rival Gabriel E. Gomez during a critical nine-week stretch of their special election campaign, leaving Markey with more than twice as much in the bank for the campaign’s final days.
The haul has allowed the Malden Democrat to leverage his 37-year incumbency into a nearly $4 million spending advantage. Compounded with the heftier sums that outside groups have been willing to spend for Markey, the disparity in resources has left Gomez with limited defenses under a bombardment of ads.
Markey had $4.6 million in his account on April 10, three weeks before winning the primary, according to Federal Election Commission records. Between that date and June 5, Markey took in $2.9 million in contributions, and spent $5.9 million, finishing the reporting period with $2.3 million.
By contrast, Gomez headed into the final days of the GOP primary with just shy of $500,000 on hand, and collected $1.7 million in the intervening weeks, along with a $300,000 loan from himself. Gomez spent more than $1.6 million. That left him with a $997,121 balance on June 5.
Markey meanwhile took in almost $300,000 from political action committees. Gomez got $170,000 from PACs.
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