New Hampshire incumbents lead in fundraising
By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster continue to raise significantly more money than any of their potential Republican challengers, according to the latest campaign finance reports.
Kuster, a Democrat seeking a second term, had the best quarter of all of New Hampshire's House candidates and has more than 10 times the cash on hand as two of the Republicans hoping to defeat her in the 2nd District. She reported raising $565,000 between April 1 and June 30, bringing her total so far to $2.3 million, with $1.7 million on hand.
Among the three candidate vying for the Republican nomination, state Rep. Marilinda Garcia took in $128,000 and had $125,000 on hand, while former state Sen. Gary Lambert raised $103,000 and had $305,000 on hand. Former state Rep. Jim Lawrence of Hudson reported $5,200 in contributions and $25,000 in debts.
Shea-Porter, a Democrat, is seeking a fourth term in the 1st District after being elected in 2006, losing her seat in 2010 and regaining it in 2012. She reported $219,000 in contributions in the last quarter, bringing her total to $948,000 overall, and she had $612,000 cash on hand. Republican Frank Guinta, a former Manchester mayor who defeated Shea-Porter in 2010 and lost to her two years later, raised $132,000 and had $252,000 on hand, but also nearly $290,000 in debts.
Republican Dan Innis, a University of New Hampshire administrator, raised $87,000 and had about $119,000 on hand and $50,000 in debt.
A poll released last week showed Shea-Porter slightly ahead of Innis and about even with Guinta. The WMUR Granite State Poll also had Kuster ahead of both Garcia and Lawrence and slightly ahead of Lambert.Associated Press