Quarterly campaign finance reports are coming in today and incumbents are bragging about the swelling treasuries incumbents typically enjoy. One example: Gov. Asa Hutchinson has $2 million on hand, the AP reports. Nothing on file yet at the secretary of state’s office for Republican challenger Jan Morgan or announced Democratic opponent Jared Henderson.

Hutchinson’s aggressive move to shore up his conservative credentials (he really hasn’t moved, only emphasizing the truth that he’s no moderate) is indication that Morgan’s social media work, which costs little to nothing, has had some impact. She does manage to make Hutchinson look moderate by comparison.


UPDATE: Statement from Jared Henderson campaign:

The campaign of Arkansas Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jared Henderson today reported its fundraising numbers for the final quarter of 2017. Henderson began fundraising upon announcing his candidacy on December 12, 2017. In the three-week period that followed, Henderson’s campaign hauls totaled $131,478 and ended the year with $128,779 cash on hand. Since the Secretary of State’s office was closed today due to inclement weather, Henderson’s fundraising report will be officially filed when the office reopens on Wednesday.

Statement from Jared Henderson:

“As unfortunate as it is that money — not ideas and people — seems to dominate the focus of politics nowadays, I know running the aggressive, people-first campaign Arkansas deserves requires funds. Right now, we’re laying the groundwork for a rigorous, hardworking statewide campaign that will listen to, work with, and stand up for all Arkansans.”