Doherty has big cash advantage over Cicilline in homestretch

Republican Brendan Doherty entered the final weeks of his challenge to Democratic Congressman David Cicilline with significantly more in the bank than the incumbent.

Cicilline’s campaign had $240,962 on hand as of Sept. 30, according to a Federal Election Commission report filed Monday night. Doherty’s campaign had more than twice as much cash on hand: $510,219 as of Sept. 30.

Cicilline raised $266,982 from Aug. 23 to Sept. 30 and spent far more – $498,350 – as he successfully fought off a primary challenge from Anthony Gemma and then began his general-election campaign. Doherty raised $213,787 and spent $312,949 over the same period.

Ciciline’s latest group of donors included San Francisco Mayor Calif. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Pandora Media CEO Joseph Kennedy and Providence Equity Partners’ Paul Salem. Doherty’s donors included Alan Shawn Feinstein, Providence Equity’s Jonathan Nelson and the Koch Industries PAC.

Cicilline has raised just shy of $2 million since this election cycle began, while Doherty has raised $1.25 million, according to their FEC filings; Cicilline has spent $1.8 million and Doherty has spent $797,118.

Cicilline led Doherty by six points in a WPRI 12 poll released earlier this month. The two candidates meet for their first debate at the Providence Performing Arts Center and live on WPRI 12 Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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