Dash for Cash
McSally outraises Barber again; Three challengers to Kirkpatrick struggle to bring in dollars
Republican challenger Martha McSally has once again topped Congressman Ron Barber in a fundraising report.
The latest numbers, filed ahead of next week's Aug. 26 primary election, shows that between the end of June and Aug. 6, McSally raised $382,732. In the same period, she spent $530,000 and ended up with just over a million dollars in the bank.
By contrast, Barber raised $245,648 and spent $309,576, leaving him with roughly $1.5 million in the bank.
McSally has outraised Barber over the last year, although the incumbent Democrat, who is seeking his second full term in Southern Arizona's Congressional District 2, has continued to have more cash on hand than McSally.
McSally—the odds-on favorite to win next week's Republican primary—narrowly lost a 2012 race against Barber. Publicly released polls have shown a close race and Roll Call listed Barber as one of the Top 10 most vulnerable House members earlier this month.
McSally's fundraising numbers make her little-known Republican challengers appear particularly outmatched. Businesswoman Shelley Kais has raised roughly $4,300 and spent about $6,100, leaving her with about $11,500 in the bank. Air Force veteran Chuck Wooten raised about $5,500 and spent about $6,500, leaving him with less than $2,400 in the bank.
Republicans in the other competitive race in Southern Arizona, Congressional District 1, don't have McSally's fundraising prowess.
Three Reublicans are vying for the chance to take on incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick, who reported raising $192,000 between the end of June and Aug. 6. Kirkpatrick had more than $1.3 million on hand at the close of the reporting period.
That puts her way away of all of three of her would-be challengers.
House Speaker Andy Tobin raised about $40,000 and ended the reporting period with about $82,000 in the bank. Rancher Gary Kiehne raised $118,000, but $100,000 came from Kiehne himself. He ended the reporting period with $144,000 on hand. And state Rep. Adam Kwasman raised about $30,000, including $10,000 from himself, and had less than $8,500 in the bank.