Raleigh, NC—Today, after all 2019 year-end campaign finance reports had been submitted to the NC State Board of Elections, it was revealed that E.C. Sykes raised more in donations than both 20-year Democratic incumbent Elaine Marshall and his two Republican primary opponents.
“As I said when we first filed our finance report, our team is very proud of the success we’ve seen in our fundraising efforts since launching our campaign this past fall. Now that we are able to compare our successes against the others in the race, two things are abundantly clear—voters are tired of the status quo they are seeing from Elaine Marshall in the Secretary’s office, and they believe that we are the only campaign that can defeat her,” said Sykes. “This shouldn’t be surprising—Marshall has held the Secretary’s office for more than 20 years and over that time has pursued policies of the far-left while delivering no positive change for North Carolinians. Our campaign’s message has inspired a movement of voters who want to see that change and know that this race is winnable—nothing is more representative of that than these recently released campaign reports.”
In the Year-End Semi-Annual campaign finance report required by the NC State Board of Elections, the Sykes campaign reported raising $212,815 with $147,117 in cash-on-hand between July 1st and December 31st, 2019. Elaine Marshall reported raising $133,853 with $186,346 in cash-on-hand, money that was left over from her previous campaign reports. Republican opponent Michael Lapaglia reported raising $7,272 with $7,834 in cash-on-hand, while Republican opponent Chad Brown reported raising $7,535 with $16,074 in cash-on-hand.
The Sykes for Secretary of State campaign officially launched on August 27th with the rollout of its website and announcement video. The campaign filed its first campaign finance report with the North Carolina Board of Elections on January 30th. With $212,815 in total contributions, the Sykes campaign raised more than the last five Republican nominees for Secretary of State raised over the course of their entire campaigns.
Since launching his campaign, E.C. Sykes has branded himself as the only conservative outsider in the race for Secretary of State. As a Christian business leader, E.C. has traveled the state to advance his message of North Carolina Values and how they can push the state to reach its full potential. Conservative leaders in both North Carolina and across the country have taken notice and signed onto the campaign. E.C. has earned endorsements from Former Lieutenant Governor and Congressman Jim Gardner, First Liberty President Kelly Shackelford, Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson, civil rights leader Clarence Henderson, Chloe’s Foundation founder Kurt Kondrich, radio host Steve Noble, and State Senator and current Sykes Campaign Chairman Buck Newton.
Having outraised 20-year incumbent Elaine Marshall, the Sykes campaign has proven that momentum is building behind the message that E.C. has spread across the state. Voters know that this race is winnable and have stated loud and clear that they are tired of the Secretary’s stale, do-nothing attitude. The response that the Sykes campaign has received to its message is a strong indication that North Carolinians want a return to the values that E.C. Sykes has built his campaign on—they want a Christian business leader that will deliver results, not more of the status quo. To learn more about the campaign, please visit www.ECforNC.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.