Tipton holds early fundraising edge in congressional race, but Routt County’s Mitsch Bush has strong 3 months
November 2, 2017
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — There's still a long time to go before voters in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District decide who they want to send to Washington, D.C.
But the most recent fundraising totals for the leading candidates, as well as the latest voter registration tallies in the district, suggest the race could turn out to be a competitive one.
Fueled by a five-month head start in fundraising efforts and large contributions from political action committees, incumbent congressman Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, went into the fall with a significant cash advantage over two Democratic challengers.
But Democratic challenger Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, raised only $9,000 less in contributions than Tipton did in the fundraising period that ran from July 1 to Sept. 30.
Federal Election Commission data shows Mitsch Bush raised $141,678 to Tipton's $150,317 over the three-month period.
Of those totals, Tipton raked in $54,495 from political action committees, while Mitsch Bush only raised $1,000 from political action committees.
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Largely due to his earlier start in fundraising, Tipton had $382,000 cash on hand at the start of October compared to $85,000 for Mitsch Bush.
Democratic candidate Chris Kennedy, a Grand Junction City Councilman, recently joined the race and reported raising $191 in contributions during the latest fundraising period.
Mitsch Bush, a former Routt County Commissioner, on Thursday finished her service as a state representative in the Colorado legislature.
The 3rd Congressional District in Colorado includes 29 counties and has leaned Republican in recent elections.
Of the 453,549 active voters in the district, 161,245 were registered in the Republican Party, 135,238 were registered Democratic, and 148,971 were unaffiliated, according to records released in February.