Senate Republican leaders are plowing money into the campaign of prosecutor Todd Zink for the 27th Senate District contest, but he continues to significantly trail in fundraising behind Democratic Sen. Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills, according to newly filed finance reports.
In a battleground district that Democrats hope will help them win a two-thirds Senate majority in November, the State Democratic Party and its leaders are countering with help of their own.
Zink, a deputy district attorney from Westlake Village, reported the maximum contributions of $3,900 each from Republican Sens. Bob Huff of Diamond Bar (the minority leader), Tom Harman of Huntington Beach and Tom Berryhill of Modesto, as well as loans for the same amount from Sens. Bill Emmerson of Hemet and Anthony Canella of Ceres.
The money helped Zink raise $76,165 from May 20 to June 30, ending the period with $81,051 in his campaign account. Pavley reported raising $111,416 during the same period, ending the period with $832,887 in the bank.
California Democrats really want this Senate seat to obtain the 2/3′rd majority in order to raise California taxes at will.
While the demographics for a GOP candidate are not bad, Zink is relatively unknown in the district and Pavley has been doing many events in the more conservative areas of Simi Valley.
This may be a close race despite the 10 to 1 money advantage by Pavley, but I suspect not.