AZ-02: Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-01) said she will report raising $350,000 in the third quarter from nearly 4,000 donors. Her campaign will end the quarter with $270,000 on hand for her run against Rep. Martha McSally (R). (release)
CA-39: Lottery winner Gil Cisneros announced raising $733,000 in Q3 and ended with $486,000 on land. But that includes a $550,000 personal contribution. He’s in a crowded Democratic field to race Rep. Ed Royce (R). (Politico)
FL-27: Former nonprofit director Matt Haggman (D) announced Friday that he’d raised $512,000 in Q3 in just two months and has nearly $470,000 in the bank. “That includes no loans from the candidate, and all the money was raised through individual donations, the campaign reported.” He’s a crowded Democratic primary for the seat being vacated by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R). (Florida Politics)
IA-03: Real estate executive Theresa Greenfield (D) will report raising more than $200,000 in the third quarter for her bid to face Rep. David Young (R). (release)
MI-08: Rep. Mike Bishop (R) will report raising about $350,000 and will end the third quarter with more than $700,00 on hand. (Detroit News)
MI-11: Former auto industry rescue worker Haley Stevens (D) announced raising more than $200,000 in the third quarter. She “has now raised over $520,000 and has more than $415,000 on hand, more than any other Democratic challenger running for Congress in Michigan,” per a statement from her campaign. (release) She’s running for retiring Rep. Dave Trott’s (R) district.
NC-02: Vodka distillery owner Sam Searcy (D) reported raising more than $550,000 in Q3 for his run against Rep. George Holding (R). Meanwhile, entrepreneur Ken Romley (D) announced he would report raising $250,000. “In 2016, Democratic candidate John McNeil raised less than $83,000, including a personal loan of more than $20,000 to the campaign, in his race against Holding, according to federal election data.” (Raleigh News & Observer)
NY-19: Army veteran Pat Ryan (D) announced raising more than $375,000 in the third quarter. He’s in a crowded Democratic primary to face Rep. John Faso (R). (release)
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