I dare you to count to 1,300,000.
Congressman Chet Edwards' bean counters are doing just that. Chet Edwards, known nationally as, the late notice Vice Presidential consideration, officially reported $1,309,661.02 cash-on-hand as of December 31, 2009 in a report the campaign will file with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) on January 31, 2010.
The total represents a record sum for the Edwards campaign and is over $290,000 more than Edwards reported at the same point during the 2008 election cycle. The Edwards campaign raised a total of $274,956 in the final quarter of 2009.
Chet Edwards represents one of the most Republican seats with a Democratic congressman. That's why Rob Curnock, Timothy Delasandro,
Bill Flores, Dave McIntyre, and Chuck Wilson all think they can be competitive.
Curnock was Edwards' opponent in 2008 and lost by 7.58%.
Bill Flores was recruited by Pete Session and the NRCC. After resisting the initial round of courting, Flores decided to announce his candidacy in mid-December.
According to Politico:
Businessman Bill Flores will be announcing his campaign tomorrow after initially resisting entreaties this year from the National Republican Congressional Committee earlier in the spring. He sent a letter to party leaders and colleagues last weekend informing them of his decision.
Keep in mind this district voted for John McCain over Barack Obama in a big way. McCain garnered 67% of the vote, and yet, Edwards won a 10th term. His re-election campaigns are always close and expensive, but Edwards has made a name for himself as a conservative Democrat who will break with Democratic leadership on issues.
That is why Flores has already loaned himself $250,000 to play catch up and has hired professional political marksman Matt Mackowiak.
Flores reported close to $369,000 cash on hand, far less than Edwards fundraising totals. Edwards had $1,125,907.89 cash-on-hand. Since that time he has added an additional $183,000 in cash-on-hand and has raised a total of $1,389,828.59 for this election cycle.