For state representatives, it appears the House does always win.

With the November election just around the corner, incumbents in competitive state House races have reported fundraising more than their challengers, according to campaign finance reports. In the four competitive House races before Boone County voters, Republicans Sara Walsh, Chuck Basye and Cheri Toalson Reisch and Democrat Martha Stevens have all raised more than their opponents.

Walsh has reported raising about $63,000 — about $10,000 more than her opponent, Michela Skelton. But even with that disparity, Skelton has raised the most of any Democrat in the four competitive races.

Walsh and Skelton squared off last year in a special election after former State Rep. Caleb Jones joined then-Gov. Eric Greitens’ staff.

Walsh has paid almost $60,000 to consulting firms — Palm Strategic Group, in Jefferson City, and Majority Strategies, in Jacksonville, Florida — for printing and advertising, according to her campaign finance reports.

Skelton has spent less than $20,000 total, and her largest expense was yard signs, according to her campaign finance reports.

One major supporter of the three Republican incumbents — Walsh, Basye and Toalson Reisch — was Grow Missouri. It receives money from Rex Sinquefield, a wealthy megadonor in the state.

Grow Missouri supports legislators who favor pro-economic growth policies in Missouri, committee spokesman Tom Dempsey said.

“We are supporting (these legislators) because of their work to spur greater student achievement and responsible tax policy,” Dempsey said. “Missouri is competing with other states to attract and retain good paying jobs.”

Grow Missouri has not donated to any of the local Democrats or Republican Cathy Richards, who is challenging Martha Stevens in the District 46 race.

Out of every local state house candidate, Basye has raised the most — almost $150,000. His challenger, Adrian Plank, raised about $27,000.

In the District 44 race, Toalson Reisch raised about $23,000, and Maren Bell Jones, a Democrat, raised about $12,000.

In District 46, Stevens raised about $34,000, and Richards raised about $25,000, according to campaign finance reports.

Supervising editor is Mark Horvit.

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