Ben Lange reported that his 1st District Congressional campaign raised $200,024.38 between July 1st and September 30th. Lange’s report shows a healthy $232,312.69 cash-on-hand number for the campaigns final month. Lange’s campaign has be airing television ads in the Cedar Rapids and Davenport media markets.
The 1st District race has tightened considerably since August. Labor unions like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have been forced to get to get active in the District as Democrats have become nervous that Congressman Bruce Braley, a two-term incumbent Democrat, is all of a sudden vulnerable. SEIU began running television ads in the district this week.
Even though the District has a Democrat voter registration advantage, the generic ballot shows Republicans doing well in the district. In a poll conducted last month, Democrats led in the general ballot in the district by just over one percent – 43.3 percent of voters would prefer to vote for the Democrat, while 42.1 percent favor the Republican. That’s not bad considering that Democrats have a 33 percent to 24 percent registered voter advantage in the district.
Those numbers have likely changed since Braley’s voting record has been highlighted by a series of radio and TV advertisements by the American Future Fund in the last month. The Iowa based group has said that it will spend $800,000 on the 1st District race running ads like these:
Congressman Braley contends that the American Future Fund is lying about his record, but in a joint appearance with Lange last week, he proudly stood by his votes for Obamacare, Cash for Clunkers, Cap and Trade, stimulus, and the various government bailouts that have occurred under the Obama administration.
Lange has been considered to be a big underdog since announcing his campaign a year ago. Heading in to the joint appearance on Iowa Press, many expected Braley, a successful trail attorney, to wipe the floor with Lange, a young attorney from the small town of Independence, Iowa. To the surprise of many, Lange won the debate. Lange has also proved to be an excellent campaigner and shown a knack for fundraising as of late.
With the labor unions coming to Braley’s defense, Lange’s job of trying to beat a powerful incumbent is a difficult one. Still, with less than three weeks to go, Lange is well positioned going into Election Day. Iowa Republicans have Congressman Braley on the ropes in the 1st District. If Lange can deliver the knockout punch, he will have unseated the one incumbent Democrat in Iowa that was thought to be untouchable at the start of the election cycle.
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