Holcomb raises $200,000 in what campaign calls ‘grassroots’ effort

By Lesley Weidenbener

INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Eric Holcomb raised more than $200,000 for his Senate campaign during this year’s second quarter – with nearly 90 percent of his contributions coming from Hoosiers.

“We undoubtedly made great strides on two important fronts in the last three months: growing our team and funding our campaign,” campaign manager Justin Garrett wrote in a memo.

Holcomb is running against U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman in the GOP primary for a Senate seat that will be vacated by retiring Republican Dan Coats. Stutzman has not yet released fundraising numbers.

U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-9th District, who is expected to announce soon that he’ll also enter the Senate race, raised about $1 million during the 2nd quarter.

However, Holcomb’s staff is painting his campaign as a “grassroots” effort that will be less dependent on money. He’s been campaigning full time since spring and has visited 63 counties with plans to make stops in all 92 before the end of county fair season this spring.

The campaign on Tuesday released another list of endorsements, including nods from a number of lawmakers, mayors, local elected officials and several GOP party leaders.

“It wasn’t that long ago – 103 days to be exact – that our campaign had no staff and no money,” Garrett wrote. “Today, however, we can say without hesitation that our growing team has built a truly grassroots campaign that sees constant momentum across the state for Eric’s solutions-oriented approach to making America safer, stronger and freer.”

Lesley Weidenbener is executive editor of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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