Even among Democrats, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is a superstar of sorts — the tea party favorite helps his opponents bring in huge sums of money.
The two Democrats hoping to take him on announced impressive third-quarter fundraising figures Tuesday. Former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel raked in more than $415,000, while businessman Patrick Murphy pulled $313,000, according to their respective campaigns.
West does not appear to have released his fundraising figures for the quarter yet.
Even though Florida has yet to complete redistricting, West’s re-election race is guaranteed to be among the most competitive in the state and one to watch. He unseated an incumbent in 2010 with 54 percent of the vote.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.