Former Republican nominee Ben Lange has disclosed that his 2012 congressional exploratory committee raised $120,000 during the fourth quarter of 2011.
Lange gained national attention in 2010 when he nearly knocked off the liberal Democrat incumbent Bruce Braley in Iowa’s 1st congressional district, holding Braley to under 50% of the vote and falling short by less than two percentage points in one of the closest congressional races in modern Iowa history.
Lange formed his exploratory committee in October to determine whether Iowans were willing to invest in a rematch with Braley. Since then, Lange has focused his time and attention on raising money and meeting voters in all 20 counties in the new district.
“Throughout the exploratory process, I have kept an open mind and listened carefully to the feedback I received,” Lange said. “Our performance last cycle — when no gave us a shot — has instilled confidence in Iowans that this is a race that can be won. We have the benefit of certain advantages today that we did not enjoy last time.”
It took Lange until the summer of last cycle to raise the level of resources his committee has already secured this cycle.
“In the end, I have been encouraged by the level of support that exists in the district for our candidacy,” Lange said. “Voters want change and I am prepared to provide it. I am looking forward to making an official announcement regarding my candidacy in the coming days.”
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