Republican Rob Cornilles has raised over half a million dollars in the eight weeks since he entered the special election race to succeed disgraced former Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., according to a GOP source.
The $500,000 fundraising haul is likely to give Cornilles -- the owner of a sports management consulting firm who was the 2010 nominee against Wu -- an early cash advantage ahead of the January 31, 2012, special general election vote. Cornilles is the heavy favorite in the GOP primary, while the Democratic frontrunners -- state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, state Sen. Suzanne Bonamici and state Rep. Brad Witt -- will have to survive an expensive primary on November 8.
On the heels of a recent upset in NY-09, where now Rep. Bob Turner defeated Democrat David Weprin, Republicans are hopeful, even in the Democratic-leaning district.
Wu officially stepped down in early August in the wake of a damaging report that he had an "unwanted sexual encounter" with the teenage daughter of a campaign donor.