Republicans are gunning for Rep. Mike McIntyre, a longtime Democratic member from this conservative district, with good reason. McIntyre won by fewer than 700 votes last year, while Mitt Romney carried the district by a 19-point margin.
McIntyre will face his 2012 GOP opponent, former state Sen. David Rouzer, again next year. Such a competitive district usually means donors are eager to open their wallets for candidates — but that wasn’t the case this time.
McIntyre raised $189,000 in the third quarter, while Rouzer only brought in a meager $92,000 during the same period.
Operatives argue this district is not a wealthy one, which often hurts fundraising totals. But it’s nonetheless surprising that neither party’s national donor base brought in big bucks for their candidates — especially for Rouzer.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.