Just more than two months into his Senate campaign, Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, has a million-dollar head start as Republicans seek to find his opponent. Braley raised $1.07 million in the first quarter of 2013, $856,875 of which came from his nascent Senate committee.
The remainder was raised by his House committee, from which he also transferred $179,000 to his Senate committee. Braley ended the quarter with just more than $1 million cash on hand. In a release, Braley said he had received donations from all of Iowa's 99 counties.
While Republicans are still sorting out their Senate candidate, Braley has benefited from Democrats' quick unification behind his bid -- and his financial head start can't hurt in what's expected to be a big-money race.
Rep. Steve King is the most prominent potential GOP contender, and if he joins the race he'll bring proven fundraising ability of his own. He has yet to release his first quarter financial report, which is due to the Federal Election Commission by midnight tonight.
Should he opt out, other potential candidates like Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will need to quickly assess if they can raise the funds to compete with Braley.