That's more than either Seattle City Council member Tim Burgess or Bruce Harrell or incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn have raised over the last three months (Burgess: $99,000; Harrell: $96,000; and McGinn: $63,000.)
But before you crown Murray, here are few things to consider.
1. The August primary is only two and half months away, and Murray, who has never run citywide before (unlike McGinn, Burgess, and Harrell), is going to need a lot more cash to get his message and name out if he wants to make it through to the final round. (Burgess and Harrell will as well, but they aren't restricted from raising money. Murray cannot raise money while the legislature is in session and as the AP reports, the special session could drag on.)
But isn't that a Catch-22 rejoinder from Murray's camp?
2. Frankly, $103,000 isn't quite the ATM download it appears to be. For example, Rob McKenna, under the same restrictions himself last year, raised $230,000 in just 72 hours between sessions.
McKenna, obviously, was running for governor, and so had more donors lining up to contribute than someone who's running for mayor of Seattle. But isn't that a Catch-22 rejoinder from Murray's camp? Their threat all along has been that Murray has a huge national base becuase of his status as a gay rights champion.
$103,000 doesn't exactly make good on that threat. At least, it's not enough to guarantee a spot in the general.
3. Consider: The other candidates have been raising money since January, which means Murray supposedly had pent-up donors to tap into. But a little context: His total take is now $219,000, which puts him in second place behind Burgess ($231,000), only slightly ahead of McGinn ($181,000) and ahead of Harrell ($112,000), who's been raising money for less time—since mid-January.
Murray better hope that his national support, from endorsers such as the Human Rights Campaign, translates into a major independent expenditure on his behalf.