In political races, money and momentum go hand in hand.
And if you don’t believe that, the last campaign finance reports filed by Shreveport mayor Ollie Tyler and Adrian Perkins certainly tell the tale.
As of November 21, Perkins had almost three times more money that Tyler in his campaign account.
Perkin’s campaign treasury had over $163,000 on that day.
Compare that to Tyler’s $58,000 plus.
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Since starting his campaign in March of this year, Perkins has raised twice as much money as Tyler, who started fundraising on January 1.
In less than less 10 months Perkin’s campaign donations exceed $345 grand. Compare that to Tyler’s donations of $168 thousand (and change) since the beginning of the year.
Tyler started 2018 with a little more than $33 grand in her campaign account.
Perkins out polled Tyler in the primary by 5 points.
It’s obvious that the smart political money picked their candidate after that November 6 vote. Since then Perkins garnered $135 grand more than Tyler.
Of course money does not vote.
But money is a key indicator of campaign momentum.
And money certainly fuels campaign advertising, canvassing and get out the vote campaigns in the last 10 days of the campaign.
Even the most ardent Tyler supporters—plus those groups who oppose Perkins—can not deny the reality that Tyler’s re-election effort is in serious trouble.
The campaign finance reports will no doubt continue to fuel the Perkins’s campaign. And most likely further dampen the Tyler camp.