With the general election less than four months away, Republican Todd Lally surprised political observers last week when he outraised U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-3rd, in the second-quarter. According to financial reports submitted by both campaigns, Lally, a lieutenant colonel in the Kentucky Air National Guard, managed to raise $289,000 compared to Yarmuth’s $204,000 in the same period.
“This successful fundraising effort is a clear sign that Louisville voters are ready for a change in leadership in Washington. The choice in this campaign is already apparent. Voters will have a clear alternative to the reckless big-government policies forced through Congress by John Yarmuth,” Lally said in a news release. “This strong fundraising showing is not only a sign that I will be ready and able to wage an aggressive campaign, but it’s an early indication that Yarmuth’s days in Washington are numbered.”
With a hefty $600,000 in his coffers, Yarmuth still has more cash on hand to spend in the race. That advantage will help him get his message out to voters early. However, Lally has answered the initial question of whether he can be financial competitive against the two-term congressman.
After easily beating three other Republican challengers in the GOP primary, Lally entered the general election race with only $25,000 on hand. Early in the campaign, the conservative newcomer contrasted his differences with Yarmuth on a number of issues, including abortion, gun rights and health care reform.
Being in a race that is under the radar, the Lally campaign admits it will be difficult to close the cash gap with so many other high-profiled races on the ballot, but they believe the figures show Yarmuth is vulnerable this year.