Rodney Davis Raises Strong Sum in Fourth Quarter
Vulnerable Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., raised $280,000 in the fourth quarter, according to figures provided first to CQ Roll Call. Davis starts the election year with $1.05 million in the bank for this top-target race.
His fourth-quarter haul marks his lowest of the year. Last quarter, Davis raised $300,000, and he posted $455,000 between April 1 and June 30.
Operatives anticipate House Republicans will post relatively low fundraising in the fourth quarter, thanks in part to the government shutdown in October. The three-week-long federal government closure prevented many incumbents from dialing for dollars.
The freshman Republican won this seat in 2012 by less than 1 point, while President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney each received 49 percent. The margins make this one of the most competitive House districts in the country.
Davis faces former Miss America Erika Harold in the March 18 primary. Harold has not yet announced her fourth-quarter haul, but between May 31 and Sept. 30, Harold raised just $150,000. Her low fundraising cast doubt on how competitive she will be in the primary.
On the Democratic side, former Judge Ann Callis and physics professor George Gollin are seeking the Democratic nod. Callis raised $255,000 in the fourth quarter and has more than $500,000 cash on hand going into the March primary, her campaign announced on Tuesday.
Gollin has yet to file his fourth-quarter report, but he raised $300,000 last quarter. That total included a $165,000 personal loan to his campaign.
Illinois’ 13th District is rated a Tilt Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.