Palazzo opens up big cash advantage in race to keep his South Mississippi congressional seat

Rep. Steven Palazzo has outraised his nearest primary competitior in the June 3 GOP primary for South Mississippi's congressional seat by almost 6 to 1.

The incumbent brought in $491,684, according to his first quarter filing with the Federal Election Commission. Gene Taylor, his nearest competitior, raised $83,040.

Palazzo received $327,369 from political action committees and $157,623 from individual donors, the report shows. He also had a $4,868 transfer from an authorized committee. He had $402,597 cash on hand and his campaign had $11,507 in debt.

Taylor's $83,040 all came from individual donors. He finished with $49,241 in cash and the campaign owed $5,503.

Tavish Kelly reported $9,274 -- all from individual donor -- and cash on hand of $4,046

Tom Carter brought in $3,922 from individual donors. He also loaned his campaign $201,406.37 and has $203,024 in cash.

Ron Vincent reported $3,264 in donations from individuals. He loaned his campaign $763 but it still finished with a deficit of $8,354, his filing showed.