This year's race to fill the Attorney General's office seems to be about as active as GOP primary contests in 1994 and 2002. In both years, these races went into run-offs, where the more active candidates faced off for the nomination, making it critical to be one of the two candidates who are waging serious campaigns for the office
This year, Republicans Robert Bolchoz, Leighton Lord and Alan Wilson are contesting the nomination, but the latest results from campaign disclosures caution that Bolchoz' candidacy may be running out of steam.
Bolchoz' fundraising has slowed down considerably entering the spring, when most campaigns are seeing fundraising efforts ramp up. According to the April campaigin finance disclosures, the Bolchoz campaign's efforts seem to have slowed down since January, with only $118,236 in new disclosures reported, with total of $286,528 raised since he started his campaign.
With a record as a former state and federal prosecutor who'd worked under former Attorney General Charlie Condon before going into private practice, a lot of politcal observers felt he had a good chance to be a major player in the GOP race. But his campaign has failed catch fire, a point which has also been noticed by our friends at Voting Under The Influence, which called him as "the other guy running".
That characterization as "the other guy" may fit Bolchoz well. While Lord and Wilson are regularly seen at GOP events around the state, working the GOP faithful whose support they'll need to win, Bolchoz has been rarely seen at these kind of events.
Successful down-ballot statewide campaigns often are those who combine robust fundraising with good grassroots appeal. Wilson's signs, which pepper the state, demonstrate his ability to recruit grassroots activists to his campaign. Lord may not have Wilson's level of success in getting the grassroots, but unlike Bolchoz, he's continued working the GOP base at events around the state, and has shown some solid fundraising ability to boot.
Slowing fundraising, combined with the fact that he's seldom seen making campaign appearances, make it hard to see Bolchoz winning the GOP nomination come June.