Palazzo has huge advantage in money

It appears the two Democrats and two Republicans challenging first term U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo may face an uphill climb. Only one reported any campaign funds, while the incumbent has over $500,000.

Palazzo faces Republicans Ron Vincent and Cindy Burleson in the GOP primary Tuesday and Democrats Michael Herrington and Jason Vitosky will square off in the Democratic primary. Diamondhead’s Robert W. Claunch, 84, is a Reform Party candidate who faces no primary opponent.

Palazzo, the first-term Republican Congressman, who defeated longtime incumbent Democrat Gene Taylor in 2010, posted $568,934 in campaign donations, including $306,000 on hand, in the most recent FEC report dated Feb. 22. Of the other candidates, only Vincent, who has who has raised $4,960 according to his reports, has filed campaign finance records.

Sun Herald
3/11/12