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.