Idaho GOP congressional incumbents have big financial advantage over Dems

Posted by Dan Popkey on July 18, 2014 

From left, Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson, and Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, appeared at press conference in Garden City in February. Labrador, Simpson and Risch are running for re-election with wide financial leads over Democratic opponents. Crapo says he'll seek a fourth term in 2016.

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Risch, Simpson and Labrador well ahead in fundraising

Former Idaho Democratic Congressman Richard Stallings reports raising just over 1 percent of the campaign war chest accumulated by eight-term incumbent 2nd District Republican Rep. Mike Simpson.

In the 1st District, Democratic state Rep. Shirley Ringo fares considerably better, having raised over one-third of the amount garnered by GOP Congressman Raul Labrador through June 30.

Reports for the Senate race aren't yet available on the Federal Election Commission database, but as of April 30 Democrat Nels Mitchell had raised about 11 percent of the total accumulated for the 2014 election by incumbent Republican Sen. Jim Risch.

Stallings, who served four terms in the House from 1985-93, reported raising $28,424, with $12,690 in cash. Simpson, who defeated Stallings in winning his first term in 1998, raised $2,300,926 through June 30.

The good news for Stallings: Simpson spent most of that on his wide primary victory over Bryan Smith. Stallings reported $12,690 in cash, while Simpson had $268,282.

Ringo reported raising $146,558, with $13,876 in cash June 30. Labrador, seeking a third term, raised $406,377. Thanks to a carryover of about $250,000 from the 2012 campaign, Labrador had $416,521 banked at the end of June.

As of the end of April, Risch had raised $1,339,202 for the 2014 campaign, with $940,697 in cash.

Mitchell, a first-time candidate, raised $149,218 and had $89,907 in cash April 30.

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