AZ-02: Rep. Ron Barber (D) announced that he raised $550,000 in the second quarter of the year, finishing with $1.55 million cash on hand. (release)
Barber’s challenger, retired Air Force pilot Martha McSally (R), has not announced her fundraising figures yet. She had about $847,000 cash on hand at the end of the first quarter.
AZ-09: Rep. Krysten Sinema (D) announced that she raised nearly $582,000 in the second quarter, finishing with about $1.59 million. (release)
Sinema’s opponents have not announced their fundraising totals. Retired Air Force Col. Wendy Rogers (R) had nearly $404,000 cash on hand at the end of the first quarter, and former Arizona State University and NFL quarterback Andrew Walter (R) had less than $42,000 in cash at that time.
FL-02: Attorney Gwen Graham (D) announced that she raised $563,000 in the second quarter, finishing with $1.57 million cash on hand. Graham is challenging Rep. Steve Southerland (R), who has not announced his fundraising figures yet but had $1.18 million cash on hand at the end of the first quarter. (Roll Call)
MI-01: Rep. Dan Benishek (R) announced that he raised $487,000 in the second quarter and had $942,000 cash on hand — a major improvement over the first quarter, when he only raised $145,000. Benishek’s challenger, veteran and former sheriff Jerry Cannon (D), had $270,000 in cash at the end of the first quarter. (Roll Call)
NJ-02: Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R) announced that he raised about $411,000 in the second quarter, finishing with $1.5 million cash on hand. LoBiondo’s challenger, attorney Bill Hughes (D), had $328,000 cash on hand at the end of the first quarter. (PolitickerNJ)
NY-18: Former Rep. Nan Hayworth (R) announced that she raised $256,000, plus a $500,000 personal loan, in the second quarter. She had $1.07 million cash on hand at the end of the quarter. Hayworth is challenging Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D), who raised $550,000 and finished the quarter with $1.75 million. (Roll Call)
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