Joseph M. Fernandez, Democratic candidate for Attorney General, continues to impress - and, for some observers, to surprise - when it comes to fundraising.
Fernandez raised $130,000 in the first quarter. Peter Kilmartin and Stephen Archambault, rivals for the Democratic nomination, raised about $75,000 and $40,000, respectively.
The Kilmartin campaign notes that it still has more cash on hand, with almost $240,000 to Fernandez's $230,000. And Archambault loaned his own campaign $100,000, putting his cash-on-hand total over $180,000. Democrat Robert Rainville has not filed for the first quarter and Republican Erik Wallin raised about $10,000.
With Tom Sgouros pulling out of the treasurer's race and leaving the field to venture capitalist Gina Raimondo, the AG's race is shaping up as perhaps the most compelling of the so-called "downballot" contests. But it will struggle to get attention with a governor's race, Congressional race and Providence mayoral race in play.
With a wealthy Jeremy Kapstein in the lieutenant governor's race, now, there will be even less oxygen in the air.