Originally published on February 18, 2018 at Longleaf Politics

By Andrew Dunn

Money isn’t everything in politics — but it is an important thing, particularly if you’re a challenger trying to upset an incumbent. It’s obviously crucial to establishing name recognition and turning out voters.

But perhaps more than that, money is a useful proxy to determine which candidates have actual traction.

I scoured campaign finance reports to see which challengers have raised a meaningful amount of money at this stage in the game — ensuring that they’ll at least put up a fight against the incumbent candidate.

We’re currently in the middle of filing season, with candidates lining up for November’s elections. Already, though, certain challengers have risen above the pack — raising enough money already to show that they’re a serious contender.

Martha Shafer

The Greensboro hospital executive is one of the crop of high-potential female candidates Democrats have recruited to try to break Republicans’ veto-proof majority in the legislature. Shafer has raised more than $27,000, well ahead of the $6,000 her opponent John Faircloth has on hand.

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