State’s Dem congressional candidates top GOP in fundraising

SEATTLE (AP) — Democratic contenders in Washington’s most competitive midterm congressional races have bested their Republican rivals in campaign fundraising over the past few months.

The Seattle Times reports Democratic candidates, Kim Schrier, Lisa Brown and Carolyn Lon, each nearly doubled or tripled the fundraising hauls of their Republican rivals, according to new Federal Election Commission filings this week, covering the period of July 19 through Sept. 30.

In Washington’s 8th Congressional District, Schrier, a pediatrician and first-time candidate, pulled in $3.7 million over the recent reporting period — more than triple the $1.1 million raised over that period by her Republican rival, former state senator and real-estate investor Dino Rossi.

That brought Schrier to more than $5.3 million raised for the election cycle, compared with Rossi’s $4.1 million. Rossi and Schrier are competing for the open seat of retiring GOP U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert.

In Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District, Democratic challenger Brown raised $2.2 million over the most recent FEC reporting period, compared with $1.3 million for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House.

McMorris Rodgers has raised $5.1 million total during her re-election campaign, compared with $4.6 million for Brown, a former state senator and university chancellor.

And in a race gaining new national attention, in Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, Democratic challenger Long, a political-science professor and first-time candidate, raised $1.7 million in the latest FEC reporting period, compared with about $540,000 for fourth-term incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Vancouver.