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.
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.
American flags decorate the hood of an antique Ford car in the 4th of July Parade in Ripley, W. Va., on July 4, 2014. The parade is billed as "the USA's largest small town Independence Day Celebration."