McMorris Rodgers leads Brown in fundraising

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers leads Democrat Lisa Brown in fundraising through the first three months of the year, but Brown continues to raise more money than her predecessors.

McMorris Rodgers, seeking her eighth term, reported raising $776,000 in the first three months of the year. Brown raised $649,000 in the same period.

McMorris Rodgers’ campaign reported $1.5 million in the bank, compared to $836,000 for Brown.

Brown is a former state legislator and college chancellor who is mounting a strong challenge to McMorris Rodgers, who is a member of House leadership.

A recent poll showed McMorris Rodgers leading Brown by 44 percent to 38 percent. The poll had a margin of error of 5 percent.

Democrat Joe Pakootas raised just $345,000 in his 2016 race against McMorris Rodgers.