Steve Rathje has filed his year-end financial disclosure for his second district congressional campaign. Rathje is in a primary battle with 2008 nominee Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and 2008 U.S. Senate nominee Christopher Reed.
Rathje reported that he raised $59,130.00 in 2009. While Rathje’s fundraising total isn’t huge, it is a significant number for a candidate in a three-way primary. Rathje’s $59,000 raised is more than Peter Teahen raised in his entire 2008 congressional campaign. In 2008, Teahen raised $52,216.21 and loaned his campaign $65,333.90.
In the 2008 U.S. Senate primary, Rathje performed better than Reed in the 2nd Congressional District. Rathje garnered 5849 votes in the primary compared to Reed’s 4999. Miller-Meeks, who was also involved in contested primary in the district, received 7372 votes. However, Rathje outperformed both Miller-Meeks and Reed in Linn County. Rathje received 2973 votes, Miller-Meeks had 1604 votes, and Reed garnered 1187 votes.
Rathje’s surprisingly strong fundraising numbers combined with his previous strength in Linn County could prove to be troublesome for Miller-Meeks and Reed. A candidate who can deliver a big margin in Linn County can offset a poor showing in other parts of the district. Rathje’s relatively strong performance in Linn County compared to the other two means that neither of them should underestimate Rathje, especially if he has the resources to run radio and TV ads.
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