January semiannual reports were due for state officeholders and candidates on Tuesday. They cover contributions received and expenditures made during the second half of 2017. For most primary challengers and open-seat candidates, they are the first window into their potential competitiveness in March.
The seven statewide elected officials seeking re-election to executive branch offices reported holding a combined $78.3M on hand, nearly $50M more than the set of incumbents seeking re-election in 2010 reported eight years ago. Several officials reported historic war chests.
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