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6 Major Surprises in House Campaign Fundraising

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McIntyre raised $189,000 in the third quarter.

Garcia’s GOP opponent also experienced a boost from the Magic City. Miami-Dade school board official Carlos Curbelo raised about $42,000 more than Garcia.

Michigan’s 11th District

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio had indicated he would step up his fundraising operation this quarter. But the freshman Republican raised less during those months — $59,000 — than he did with his paltry second-quarter haul.

Even more surprising? He had some of the best fundraisers in the GOP help him this quarter. Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin all made fundraising stops for Bentivolio in the past few months, according to his campaign.

Also in the third quarter, Bentivolio got a primary challenge from a deep-pocketed attorney. Republican David Trott dwarfed Bentivolio by raising $649,000 — including $208,000 of his own money. And there’s more cash to come.

Massachusetts’ 6th District

Rep. John F. Tierney held the dubious distinction of being one of the most vulnerable House Democrats until recently. That’s thanks in part to an investigation into whether Tierney failed to disclose to the IRS $200,000 his wife received.

Despite this, Tierney raised a respectable $251,000 in the third quarter. More good news for Tierney came last month, when the Ethics Committee formally dropped its investigation of him.

Now the bad news for the nine-term Democrat: His primary challenger, veteran Seth Moulton, raised $100,000 more than the incumbent.

Moulton’s haul solidifies himself as a formidable primary opponent against Tierney.

More bad news for the incumbent: Former state Sen. Richard Tisei, proved himself a strong contender last cycle, and the Republican is primed to run again next year.

Utah’s 4th District

Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love raised $529,000 in the third quarter. It’s an impressive sum that far surpassed what her opponent, Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson, raised.

But Love already spent more than half of what she raised during those three months. It’s highly unusual for a candidate to have a 71 percent burn rate more than one year from Election Day.

Love lost to Matheson by just 768 votes last cycle. Republicans had privately expressed concerns about her team at the time.

When she announced her rematch earlier this year, Love and her campaign claimed to have learned lessons from her 2012 bid. But spending so much of her money so early has Republicans quietly worried again.

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