The heavyweights in these races are incumbent Republican House Speaker Bobby Harrell, leading petition challenger John Steinberger over 90-to-1 ($121,467.93 to $727.82) and GOP Senator Jake Knotts, who also leads petition challenger Katrina Shealy by a staggering $108,376.57 to $4,708.65.
Republican candidates also hold cash-on-hand leads in the other three races, two by three-to-one margins. As in the Upstate region, these numbers show where these petition candidates are having much success developing the support needed to wage viable candidacies as the fall campaign season begins to kick off.
Next, we'll look at the races with petition candidates which are taking place in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee regions.
Here's a detailed breakdown of where the candidates stood, based upon mid-summer campaign finance reports:
|Senate 23||108,376.57||R 4,708.65|
|House 39||30,570.89||R 27,639.98|
|House 81||6,088.04||R 2,895.60|
|House 115||39,341.92||D 13,370.71|
R - indicates races where petition candidates had initially filed to run as a Republican.
D - indicates races where petition candidates had initially filed to run as a Democrat.
Races highlighted in red are ones where contested primaries (Republican) had also taken place.
Note: The petition candidate in House 114 had not previously filed to run for that seat with either major party before filing a petition candidacy.