Today’s Hotline features our quarterly fundraising rundown. For a sampling, here are our winners and losers:
— On the Senate side, Alison Lundergan Grimes proved her fundraising potential, bringing in $2.5M and outraising the Senate Minority Leader. Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton (R) matched Sen. Mark Pryor (D) in his first quarter as a Senate candidate. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) continues to impress, more than doubling GOP challenger Thom Tillis‘ haul. Democrat Michelle Nunn‘s name paid dividends, outraising all of her challengers in the Georgia Senate race. In Michigan, Terri Lynn Land (R) beat expectations, raising $1.05 million and outdistancing Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI).
— Others fell short of expectations. Rep. Bill Cassidy‘s (R-LA) fundraising dropped off considerably, raising just $700,000 after bringing in $1.1 million in the second quarter. Conservative congressmen Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey couldn’t even hit $300K in Georgia; neither could Karen Handel. Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) was outraised by Liz Cheney (R), even though her $1M haul was ordinary given her family connections. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) hasn’t released his numbers yet, often a troubling sign.
— House winners include: Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), newly-targeted by Dems, raised an impressive $550K. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) topped $500K, while his GOP rivals raised little. Republican Mia Love raised more than Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) for the second straight quarter. Both Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Dem challenger Andrew Romanoff (D) are among their party’s fundraising standouts. Gwen Graham brought in nearly $500K against Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL).
On the downside, Rep. John Tierney (D-MA) was outraised by his primary opponent. So was Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI), by a huge margin. Despite representing swing seats, Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Jon Runyan (R-NJ) barely topped $100K. David Rouzer, Rep. Mike McIntyre‘s (D-NC) opponent, only raised $91K. Kevin Strouse, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick‘s (R-PA) hyped Dem challenger, brought in only $151K. And expect to hear retirement rumors from Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), outraised by his second-time Dem challenger, and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), who only brought in $40K.
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