When Gov. Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, officially filed for office on October 1 his campaign kicked into high gear with a torrent of fundraising requests, emailing online supporters nearly every other day for the first month.
With a re-election looming and Republicans looking tough in other places around the country Beshear is looking to fill his campaign war chest, and data from his first election shows he will need to earn every penny.
Beshear’s latest ask of supporters came on Wednesday, the day after Republican Glenn Youngkin’s victory in the Virginia governor’s race.
Beshear narrowly won the election in 2019 against a deeply embattled incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky.
In the 2019 election, Beshear raised nearly $5.1 million for the race, but Bevin bested his fundraising with $7.7 million, according to their official campaign accounts. Beshear raised $2 million less but garnered nearly 2,000 more donors with an average raise of less than $1,000 per donor.
According to Beshear’s online ask for donations, he told supporters the campaign met their first goal of raising $20,000.
Republican Auditor Mike Harmon has officially filed to run in the GOP primary for governor in 2023, at least five others are said to be seriously considering the GOP primary race.