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Gene Taylor and MS-04 Fundraising History

April 8, 2010
tags: 2010 House, fundraising, Gene Taylor, MS-04, Steven Palazzo
by Brett

In light of the announcement that Steven Palazzo will soon be reporting a fundraising haul of $125,000 in the First Quarter, I took a look at the past five races between Gene Taylor and his Republican challenger.

In 2000, Taylor raised over $317,000 while his Republican opponent (Randy McDonnell) raised essentially zero. Taylor won with 79 percent of the vote.

In 2002, Taylor raised more than $367,000 while his Republican opponent (Karl Mertz) did not raise anything. Taylor would win 75 percent of the vote.

In 2004, Taylor faced his biggest Republican challenge. Former State Rep. Mike Lott raised more than $90,000 in the strong GOP presidential year but that was no match for the nearly $400,000 raised by Taylor. Taylor would win 64 percent of the vote- the only time he was held under 70 in the decade.

In 2006- the year the Democrats won control of Congress- Taylor raised more than $428,000. His Republican challenger (Randy McDonnell again) raised nothing (again). Taylor won 80 percent of the vote- his high mark in terms of percentage win. This was also probably when Taylor was at the peak of his popularity following Katrina.

And in the last election cycle, Taylor raised over $520,000 on his way to winning 75 percent of the vote. John McCay, his Republican challenger, raised about $17,500.

We know a couple things. Yes, Gene Taylor is in the “entrenched incumbent” status and is popular, but he has not faced serious Republican opposition. Palazzo’s $125,000 in six weeks is more than the amount raised by Taylor’s GOP challengers in the past 10 years combined.

I spoke with a Republican source in Washington who is following this race who called Palazzo’s numbers “very encouraging.” Obviously Republicans have not mounted a serious challenge to Taylor in some time (and have raised barely any money in doing so), but they feel strongly this race will be played on an “even field” from a money standpoint, something Taylor simply has not had to compete with.

We will have more on Taylor’s fundraising later today.

Note: All fundraising numbers are from

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Dan Lindsay permalink
    April 8, 2010 12:57 pm

    I hope that Mr. Palazzo is true to his word in doing all he can to oust Gene Taylor and will part with some of that money in support of Joe Tegerdine who has the support of the people. Steve is a good guy and would be a greater benefit to the State by remaining in state government where his political talents can be used productively. Joe is a stateman who will hit the ground running and will become an overnight leader of the Conservative revolution in Washington.

  2. Biloxi Conservative permalink
    April 8, 2010 11:10 pm

    I would like to see where the money comes from, when will those figures be available?

  3. Raiseya permalink
    April 9, 2010 7:10 am

    When Scott Brown trounced Coakley in Mass., his average donor dollar amount was much less than Coakley’s. This is evidence of individual, grassroots support. It will be interesting to see the same kind of information on the fundraising sources for SP and Joe Tegerdine.

    Mr. Brown was well behind Martha C. in fundraising for most of his campaign as well. Money isn’t everything when change is in the air. Joe Tegerdine has grassroots support, and mine. See ya’ll at the Tea Party 4/15 !

  4. mspolitics82 permalink
    April 9, 2010 8:09 am

    Money, money, money… can buy SOME votes….BUT, as has been shown time and again, especially in the last two years, if the GRASSROOTS are deep enough and wide enough, money won’t GET THE JOB DONE……I am very impressed with the “talk” on the streets AGAINST Gene Taylor, and “for” Joe Tegerdine. That tells me ONE thing for certain, all of Joe’s hard work in reaching people is paying off. I had rather be “impressed” by a candidates humility, strong heart, desire to serve, and knowledge of the issues than by a candidates ability to raise or hire someone who can raise large amounts of money. I would certainly rather have shaken a candidates hand than hear him in a money-bought t.v. ad. But, that’s just me.

  5. CaptDeacon permalink
    April 9, 2010 8:12 am

    Money is an essential for campaigns, no doubt about that. But differentiation is also essential. There is no greater contrast than Gene and Joe Tegerdine. And we need as much differentiation between the next republican candidate and Gene as possible. Fortunately for district 4, Joe Tegerdine is the people’s candidate, focused on the Constitution, limited Government, fiscal responsibility, strong national defense, and term limits.

  6. Fred Wise permalink
    April 9, 2010 9:40 pm

    Money don’t impress me. A candidate with the savvy of Joe Tegerdine, that impresses me.

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