Christie Vilsack is running for Congress in a district she’s never lived in, against an opponent who’s lived in the district his entire life. Making things more difficult for Vilsack is that she’s running against incumbent Republican Congressman Steve King, in a district that contains 46,000 more Republican voters than Democrat voters.
Most candidates with such long odds would never a chance, but since Vilsack is a former First Lady of Iowa and has shown a prowess for raising money, she’s the darling of media. It’s Vilsack’s fundraising ability that make’s her a credible candidate against King, the state’s stalwart conservative. Vilsack has raised an impressive $1.5 million for her campaign thus far, about $250,000 more than King has raised this cycle.
In the last fundraising period that ended at the end of April, Vilsack again raised an impressive sum. The Vilsack campaign told the Des Moines Register that the campaign had raised almost $400,000 in the last three months. What is surprising is the news that Congressman King bested Vilsack’s fundraising haul by raising about $450,000 according to his campaign manager, Jake Ketzner.
King has never really been in a position where he’s needed to raise a lot of money. Since getting elected in 2002, King has easily won re-election. In regards to fundraising, King would raise what was necessary, but little more. It seems that King is more invested in his campaign fundraising now that Vilsack is challenging him. The $450,000 he raised last quarter is the most he’s raised in a single quarter in the decade he’s been running for office.
If King is able to limit Vilsack’s fundraising edge, or better yet, raise as much or more money than she does, then he will make it nearly impossible for her to win in a district where she lacks any other natural advantage. King’s newfound fundraising ability make’s what was already going to be a difficult campaign for Vilsack even more daunting.
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