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6 Major Surprises in House Campaign Fundraising

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McIntyre raised $189,000 in the third quarter.

House campaigns reported their fundraising totals for July through September this week, revealing some surprising hauls from more than a handful of members and candidates.

The results showed some longtime members and formidable challengers beating expectations while others now find themselves at severe cash disadvantages going into tough election cycles.

In no intentional order, here are the six most surprising third-quarter fundraising tallies:

North Carolinas 7th District

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 wasnt 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 its nonetheless surprising that neither partys national donor base brought in big bucks for their candidates especially for Rouzer.

Tennessees 4th District

Rep. Scott DesJarlais meager fundraising has caused many operatives to question whether the embattled Republican could raise enough money to run a viable re-election campaign.

But this quarter, DesJarlais rebounded to report raising $113,000 a much higher number than his naysayers predicted.

Republicans would consider that to be a mediocre haul for most members, but the two-term Republican has been dogged by revelations he encouraged his ex-wife and a former mistress to have abortions.

Most importantly, this doesnt mean DesJarlais is any less vulnerable than he was three months ago.

He faces a well-funded primary opponent in state Sen. Jim Tracy, who has raised more than DesJarlais in every quarter this year.

Less than a year away from the primary, Tracy boasts a 5-to-1 cash advantage over DesJarlais.

Floridas 26th District

Talk about a rough three months in the headlines for freshman Rep. Joe Garcia, a Democrat.

There was a criminal investigation into two former staffers accused of submitting fake absentee ballot requests. The congressman denies any wrongdoing on his part but the local coverage was brutal.

Despite this, Garcia raked in $410,000 during the third quarter. He has more than $1 million in cash on hand a large haul for any member and especially useful in this competitive district.

The reason? Welcome to Miami.

One Democratic operative noted, Theres a lot of money here and theres a lot of Cuban money here. ... Youve got to give credit to Joe for going out and getting it.

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