Arkansas Democrat Conner Eldridge’s campaign said Thursday he raised $403,000 in the third quarter, a total well above the $359,000 raised by Sen. John Boozman, the Republican he is trying to unseat.
The fundraising report came less than a month after Eldridge, a former U.S. attorney who was appointed by President Barack Obama, launched his campaign against the Arkansas Republican. “I am excited and encouraged by the momentum we have seen for our campaign in just 21 days,” Eldridge said in a statement.
While Eldridge raised more money than Boozman, the incumbent — who was first elected to the House in 2002 and the Senate in 2010 — holds a strong cash advantage with $1.12 million in the bank. That total is nearly three times than Eldridge's $400,000 in cash on hand figure, according to both campaigns.
“He raised over $359,000 this quarter while remaining focused on representing the people of Arkansas and continuing to fight President Obama's misguided agenda,” Boozman campaign manager Chris Caldwell told CQ Roll Call.
Money might not be the only hurdle Eldridge will have to jump. After all, former Sen. Mark Pryor, the Arkansas Democrat who lost his race in 2014 to then-Rep. Tom Cotton, spent more than $14 million that cycle and lost by 17 points.
Since Boozman first came to Washington, Democrats have progressively lost ground in the state that propelled the Clintons to the national scene.