Bentivolio Primary Challenger Reports Huge Fundraising Haul

Bentivolio faces a tough primary challenge in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Attorney David Trott has raised at least $425,000 for this primary challenge to freshman Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich.

The sum does not include any money from Trott's personal wealth, according to his spokeswoman. He announced his candidacy in early September, so the third-quarter fundraising report is the first of his campaign.Bentivolio struggled with fundraising in past quarters, but his spokesman told CQ Roll Call in late August that Bentivolio is "getting better with fundraising."

Third-quarter fundraising reports — which include money raised in July, August and September — are due Oct. 15.

Democrats are attempting to recruit a candidate to run against the GOP nominee in this district, which includes the exurbs of Detroit. But the party has yet to find a strong candidate.

Mitt Romney won the 11th district in 2012 with 52 percent of the vote.

This race is rated is rated Republican Favored by the Rothenberg Political Report/CQ Roll Call.