Rodney Davis Dwarfs Competition in Fundrising Ahead of Primary

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., far outraised his opposition in the competitive 13th District, according to fundraising reports filed Thursday — less than two weeks before the March 18 primary. Davis raised $328,000 from Jan. 1 to Feb. 26, according to his pre-primary filing with the Federal Election Commission. Davis also reported $1.1 million in cash on hand. The first-term congressman's fundraising dwarfs that of his competitors. Former judge Ann Callis, a candidate touted as a top recruit by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, brought in $102,000 in the pre-primary time period. The haul left her with $449,000 in cash on hand as of Feb. 26. Physics professor George Gollin, a Democrat running against Callis in the primary, raised $76,000. He reported $227,000 in cash on hand, some of which includes an initial loan Gollin made to his campaign. Democrats consider Callis to be the favorite in the primary. However with no public independent polling, it's unclear where each candidate stands ahead of the primary. Gollin is currently outspending Callis on television. He also reserved an additional $45,000 on broadcast in the district in the week leading up to the election, according to a source tracking media buys in the district. Davis' GOP primary challenger, Erika Harold, a former Miss America winner, raised $61,000 in the pre-primary period. She reported $137,000 in cash on hand. Harold has had trouble raising significant funds for her bid since announcing this summer. Operatives from both sides do not consider her a threat to Davis in the March 18 primary. Illinois' 13th District is one of the most competitive districts in the country. Davis captured the seat in 2012 by about 1,000 votes, while President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney each received 49 percent in the district. Illinois' 13th District is rated a Tilt Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.