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Fundrasing Winners and Losers From the Second Quarter

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) comes out from the weekly policy luncheon October 4, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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July 17, 2014, 7:45 a.m.

What’s stick­ing out in the flood of fun­drais­ing num­bers com­ing out this month? The Hot­line found plenty to buy and sell in these re­ports:

Sen­ate. The most glar­ing fun­drais­ing dis­par­ity of the quarter was in North Car­o­lina: Sen. Kay Hagan‘s (D) $3.6 mil­lion far out­paced the $1.6 mil­lion Thom Tillis raised, as the state House speak­er toils in an ex­ten­ded spe­cial le­gis­lat­ive ses­sion. The oth­er EMILY’s List nom­in­ees in Geor­gia and Ken­tucky raised about as much or more. Mean­while, Rep. Tom Cot­ton (R-AR) out­raised Sen. Mark Pry­or (D) again, and state Sen. Joni Ernst‘s (R) quarter in Iowa was im­port­ant con­sid­er­ing her pre­vi­ous fun­drais­ing struggles — but even though she bested Rep. Bruce Bra­ley (D-IA), she still has catch­ing up to do in cash on hand.

House. Rep. Mike Coff­man (R-CO) ($742,000) and chal­lenger An­drew Ro­man­off (D) ($842,000) are both win­ners: They’re keep­ing pace with each oth­er and might be the best-equipped op­pon­ents out there to define them­selves in out­side spend­ing-dom­in­ated House races. Rep. Patrick Murphy‘s (D-FL) con­tin­ued strong fun­drais­ing ($752,000) has helped keep his race quiet, while Rep. Chris Gib­son‘s (R-NY) $819,000 quarter was es­pe­cially im­port­ant giv­en Sean Eldridge‘s (D) self-fund­ing abil­ity. But fur­ther south in New York, Rep. Mi­chael Grimm‘s (R) paltry $71,000 means he might run out of money quickly in the fall — when out­side help might not be there, either.

Gov­ernors. Wis­con­sin Gov. Scott Walk­er (R), who raised $8.2 mil­lion from Janu­ary through June, is a sound stand-in for the ranks of in­cum­bent guvs vastly out­rais­ing their com­pet­i­tion. (Mary Burke (D) raised $3.6 mil­lion and trails Walk­er in cash 3-to-1.) Geor­gia state Sen. Jason Carter (D) was one of the few to buck the trend. But in Mas­sachu­setts, fa­vor­ite Martha Coakley‘s (D) ef­forts have been un­der­whelm­ing, both com­pared to Demo­crat­ic rivals and es­pe­cially to Charlie Baker (R).

Can­did­ate fun­drais­ing doesn’t mean what it used to, but it’s still im­port­ant — and more than a few can­did­ates have something to cel­eb­rate or mourn in the re­cent re­ports.
— Hot­line Staff

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