She campaigned on her work in the state Senate to loosen the state’s restrictions on alcohol sales, saying it created 5,000 jobs. And she proposed investing in infrastructure and training workers for high-paying jobs in technology and engineering to help the economy recover from pandemic. She promised to support maintaining popular features of the health care law, such as coverage for preexisting conditions, while stripping the mandates she said restricted competition in the health care marketplace.
Bice was the top fundraiser in the primary, raising $1 million from a wide network of donors. She had $229,000 in the bank as of June 10. Outside groups that backed Bice included the American Jobs and Growth PAC, a super PAC that spent $92,000 for digital ads, and Future Leaders Fund, which spent $16,000 on robocalls.
Neese self-funded $450,000 of the $982,000 she raised for her campaign and had $353,000 in the bank on June 10.
She also had help from outside groups. Conservative Outsider PAC, which has also reportedly been active in the Tennessee race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander, spent $34,000 on her behalf.
The anti-tax Club for Growth Action also spent $340,000 opposing Bice, airing ads in the weeks before the primary that said she “handed out” Oklahoma tax dollars to “Hollywood liberals” like “convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein.” Bice called the spot an insult to Oklahoma women and put out her own ad in response, saying the club’s spot was made by “Never Trumper D.C. swamp lobbyists” attacking her because she “stands with Trump.”