Republican Bost’s war chest outpaces Kelly’s in 12th Congressional race
Though Democrat Brendan Kelly surged in fundraising in Illinois’ 12th Congressional District during the second quarter, Republican Michael Bost maintains a campaign war chest that surpasses his opponent’s by more than $550,000, the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) reports.
The Bost-Kelly contest is among the most closely watched November political battles in Illinois. The district spans a swath of the southwestern corner of Illinois, according to the ICPR.
Bost raised $414,121 in the second quarter, but Kelly, the St. Clair County state’s attorney, outpaced the incumbent congressman by raising nearly $530,000 over the same period, according to financial reports filed this week. Bost, however, had more than $1.3 million on hand as the quarter ended, while Kelly had $777,612 in funds available, according to ICPR.
Bost kept about half of what he collected in the second quarter in reserve, while Kelly’s expenditures exceeded his fundraising bounty by 34 percent.
A poll conducted by Public Policy Polling in April shows the candidates are separated by 5 percentage points – 44 percent for Bost and 39 percent for Kelly.