Second District Congressional candidate Christopher Reed will report raising $14,735.00 for the first quarter of 2010. Reed’s campaign treasurer disclosed the numbers to TheIowaRepublican.com last night. To date, Reed has raised $26,553.19 and has $11,400.96 cash on hand leading into the final two months of the campaign.
Reed has done more with less before. In 2008, he joined the US Senate Primary very late and managed to win the nomination by only spending a few thousand dollars. The only difference between his race for Senate and his House campaign is that the level of competition is greater this time around.
In his 2008 campaign, Reed spent just $3500 and was able to sqeek out a narrow victory over George Eichhorn. It is important to note that Eichhorn only spent around $7500. The other candidate in the US Senate race that year was Steve Rathje, who spent $120,000 in the primary.
Rathje made an error when he refused to debate in an Iowa Public TV debate. Had he participated in that debate he would have probably performed better in the primary. While Reed won the primary, Rathje garnered more votes out of the 2nd District in that primary, and got more primary votes out of Linn County than any candidate who is running in the 2nd CD congressional primary.
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