Kelly, Schmidt campaigns raise more than $2.2 million combined in 2022 in Kansas governor’s race

By: - July 26, 2022 1:23 pm

Republican Derek Schmidt raised $707,279.02 from Jan. 1 to July 21 for his gubernatorial campaign, about half of what Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly brought in for the same period. (Photos by Sherman Smith and Thad Allton/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly has raised more than double what her Republican challenger, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, raised so far this year.

New fundraising reports show that Schmidt, who is without a major primary opponent, raised $707,279.02 from Jan. 1 to July 21. Kelly, on the other hand, brought in $1.5 million for her reelection campaign.

The Democratic governor’s campaign said the fundraising totals indicate support for what she has accomplished so far, particularly in the economic and educational arena.

“She’s worked with both parties to fully fund schools four years in a row, bring in over $13.5 billion in new business investment to the state, and cut property and food taxes,” said Shelbi Dantic, Kelly’s campaign manager. “Governor Kelly has gotten Kansas back on track, and her fundraising record proves that Kansans are looking forward to her continued, steady leadership.” 

However, the Schmidt campaign reported slightly more cash on hand with $1.5 million available to Kelly’s reported $1.3 million. C.J. Grover, Schmidt’s campaign manager, said this was a reflection of the need for change in leadership in the state.

“Kansans are disappointed with Governor Kelly’s failures and are excited about Derek’s positive vision for our state,” Grover said.

The Aug. 2 primary will likely solidify Kelly and Schmidt as their party’s nominees, setting up a general election battle.

Potentially complicating the race is state Sen. Dennis Pyle, who announced his campaign on June 7 as a far-right independent. He was a Republican until earlier this year, when he dropped his party affiliation to run for governor.

As an independent, Pyle must get 5,000 signatures before Aug. 1 to qualify for the ballot.

The Hiawatha senator reported raising $35,950 between Jan. 1 and July 21.

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Noah Taborda
Noah Taborda

Noah Taborda started his journalism career in public radio at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri, covering local government and producing an episode of the podcast Show Me The State while earning his bachelor’s degree in radio broadcasting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Noah then made a short move to Kansas City, Missouri, to work at KCUR as an intern on the talk show Central Standard and then in the newsroom, reporting on daily news and feature stories.