Jim Bob Duggar has dropped a fortune of his own money on his campaign for Arkansas state Senate — one that he is likely to lose tonight.
According to local reports, the ex-reality star spent $37,631 from October 1 until December 6. The race is down to four candidates Jim Bob, Colby Fulfer, Robert "Edge" Nowlin, and Steve Unger.
Duggar has spent more than any other candidate. The $37k consisted of $25k in loans from Jim Bob himself. Josh Duggar’s father spent $28,835 on advertising with the rest of the money going to the required filing fee for the Republican party.
Duggar’s campaign has $21,875 in cash on hand.
Back in October, Jim Bob announced he was running for Arkansas State Senate despite Josh already having been hit with criminal charges for child pornography.
He was running on an anti-abortion and anti-vaccine mandate platform. “I'm running for State Senate because these are unprecedented times in our nation. Out-of-control bureaucrats have put politics over common-sense policy with government mandates that force people to choose between earning a paycheck and violating their personal rights and beliefs," he said.
Early voting ended yesterday and the election is today. The results could be announced as early as tonight.
Jim Bob's decision to not exit the race after his son was found guilty of possessing child pornography is interesting. He was front and center during the criminal trial. Josh's dad has stood by his son's side for over a decade despite the numerous allegations of sexual assault including against his sisters.
Last week, a jury found Josh guilty of two federal counts. The charges came after Homeland Security officers executed a search warrant at his Arkansas car lot. The material was found on his laptop hidden behind a program. To unlock the pornography Duggar used the same password he used to get into his family's Instagram account.
Duggar is facing a decade behind bars. His lawyer says they plan to appeal the guilty verdict.