Big Money Grip: McRae using his fortune to seed campaign, Chaney also one of biggest spenders. #mselex


  5 things to know about Mississippi’s Aug. 4 primary

  • Gov. Phil Bryant, who faces challengers in both Tuesday’s Republican primary and November’s general election, had $2.8 million on hand at the end of July. Bryant’s primary opponent, Mitch Young, had $40.
  • In one of Mississippi’s most expensive races this year, department store heir David McRae has spent more than $360,000 airing television ads to unseat incumbent State Treasurer Lynn Fitch in the Republican primary, according to data from media tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG. Fitch has spent an estimated $81,000 on TV ads.
  • McRae and his wife are using their fortune to seed the campaign, contributing at least $975,000 of the $1.1 million his campaign had raised by late July.
  • Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is one of the biggest spenders in the state when it comes to TV ads. Chaney has spent at least $110,000 airing ads for his re-election bid, while his Republican primary challenger — body shop owner John Mosley — has spent an estimated $25,000 on TV time.
  • Another incumbent, State Auditor Stacey Pickering, has spent at least $51,000 airing TV ads to fend off GOP primary challenger and Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler.
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