Politics

Simpson Primary Challenger Reports Strong Fundraising

Smith is challenging Simpson in the primary in 2014. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bryan Smith, an attorney waging a primary battle against GOP Rep. Mike Simpson in Idaho's 2nd District, raised $275,000 in the third quarter, his campaign announced Tuesday.

Smith will report $300,000 in cash on hand for his race against the eight-term incumbent, who is a close ally of Speaker John A. Boehner.

Smith's campaign gained traction when the Club for Growth endorsed his campaign in July. This marked the deep-pocketed conservative group's first major candidate endorsement of the 2014 cycle.

The club is seeking candidates to challenge nine members in the primary this cycle. So far, Smith is the only candidate the club has endorsed out of  these nine targets.

Idaho's 2nd District is rated a Safe Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the district with 64 percent in 2012.