Editors Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Sarah Crawford received $5,000 from the North Carolina Chamber PAC. Instead, the PAC made donations to Sen. Chad Barefoot.
Sen. Chad Barefoot and opponent Sarah Crawford’s fundraising is about as evenly matched as their race for the District 18 seat.
Candidates filed third-quarter finance reports on Monday, revealing details of one of the state’s most expensive races.
Barefoot and Crawford have raised a similar amount, with Barefoot’s receipts reaching nearly $1 million and Crawford’s passing the $866,000 mark this election.
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Nearly two-thirds of Barefoot’s funds have come from his party. His individual receipts add up to more than three times the amount donated by political action committees, or PACs.
Barefoot’s spending reflects his race in 2012 against Doug Berger, although at that time he outmatched his opponent by more than four times the amount, and most of his funding came from PACs and his party.
Similar to Barefoot, Crawford’s caucus has been heavily supportive, donating more than $500,000 to her campaign. Individual contributions make up the rest of her support, with PACs pitching in about $38,500.
Crawford said that Tuesday will tell whether the expensive campaign has paid off.
“I’ve worked really hard, we’ve run a very strong campaign and done exactly what we need to do,” Crawford said.
“It is the generosity of folks who have opened up their homes to welcome me in and support me across the district,” she said. “I have been overwhelmed by their generous spirit.”
Barefoot’s largest PAC supporters were Reynolds American in Winston-Salem, Duke Energy Corp. and the N.C. Farm Bureau each with gifts of $4,000.
Competitors for Wake County Board of Commissioners have not lacked in funds either.
Republican incumbent Phil Matthews mustered about $40,000 this election season, more than double what he raised during this same quarter during the 2010 election season.
Still, his Democratic opponent Matt Calabria has blown that fundraising effort away – spending about the same amount that Matthews raised.
On Wednesday, Calabria passed his $100,000 goal – more than double Matthews’ contributions.
Both competitors leaned heavily on individual donations, and raised similar amounts from PACs and caucuses.
Calabria took in a whopping $88,878 in individual contributions, including a small personal contribution.
“People are very excited about change, and that’s reflected in the numbers,” he said.
Three separate PACs in the third quarter contributed to Calabria’s campaign from federal, state and county levels.