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10 House Fundraising Reports to Watch

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For the second cycle in a row, Tierney ranks among the most vulnerable incumbents.

Watt has posted some of the lowest House fundraising numbers this cycle — $3,300 to date. Such a hauls suggests Watt is not looking to return to Congress after 2014, regardless. But if Watt steps up his fundraising this quarter, it would signal he’s making contingency plans to run again.

6 Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, Republican; Michigan’s 11th District

Bentivolio has had a target on his back since he won the GOP primary last year, after Republican Rep. Thaddeus McCotter abruptly resigned. But his second-quarter haul of $65,000 was not indicative of a member looking to ward off a race.

Bentivolio faces a primary challenge from attorney David Trott, a local businessman who raised more than $425,000 in the month since he announced his bid, according to this third-quarter report. Democrats also want to target Bentivolio.

The congressman recently got fundraising support from House leaders, including Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio.

7 Rep. Collin C. Peterson, Democrat; Minnesota’s 7th District

Retirement rumors swirled after Peterson posted just $94,000 in the second quarter. Democrats attributed the 12-term member’s quarter to his heavy involvement with the farm bill talks. The long-time GOP target plans to step up his fundraising Democrats said, which would address retirement rumors.

8 Rep. John F. Tierney, Democrat; Massachusetts’ 6th District

For the second cycle in a row, Tierney ranks among the most vulnerable incumbents. He will likely face a rematch with the Republican who nearly ousted him in 2012, former state Sen. Richard Tisei.

Tierney raised a strong $214,000 haul in the second quarter. The House Ethics Committee dropped its inquiry of him last month, which could boost his numbers. But Tierney also picked up a primary opponent: veteran Seth Moulton. Tierney’s haul will shed light on how strongly Democrats feel about him.

9 Rep. Howard Coble, Republican; North Carolina’s 6th District

Coble, who has been plagued by health troubles, raised just $37,000 in the second quarter, although he has said he will seek re-election if his health allows. Another low haul will only fuel retirement rumors.

10 Rep. Michael M. Honda, Democrat; California’s 17th District

Honda is at a severe cash disadvantage with his first formidable primary opponent in a decade: attorney Ro Khanna. Honda’s $346,000 second-quarter fundraising bounty was impressive by most standards, but it paled in comparison to Khanna’s $1 million haul.

This quarter, it will be interesting to see whether Honda steps it up — or if Khanna keeps up his momentum.

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