This morning, Congressman Tom Latham announced that he would be a candidate in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. The move prevents a primary between Latham and Congressman Steve King after the two of them were tossed into the same district.
Latham will now take on Congressman Leonard Boswell next fall. In addition to announcing his plans to move to the 3rd District, Latham also posted some impressive fundraising numbers.
In the fundraising period that ended on March 31st, Latham raised $413,619.41 and has a cash-on-hand balance of $983,509.92. Boswell on the other hand raised, $144,725.00 and had just $173,815.85 in the bank. Making matters worse for Boswell is that the PAC money that he has traditionally relied on to fund his re-election campaigns probably will not be there for him in 2012.
Boswell collected $948,556.98 from PACs for his 2010 race. Those contributions accounted for almost 63 percent of the money he raised. PAC’s typically donate to incumbents, but with two incumbent’s squaring off, they will likely support candidate whose political party is in the majority, which is Latham.
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