Roll Call is reporting that retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally raised $449,000 in the first three months of 2014, in her race to unseat Arizona Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2). She did not disclose to the reporter how much was in her bank account on March 31, although it likely increased her previous bank balance of $548,000 significantly.
(It is likely less than the incumbent's cash on hand - based on their warchests as of December 31 and that she incurred some expenses during the quarter.)
McSally faces some competition for the GOP nomination to face Barber, but her name recognition from her previous close races and the money advantage makes her the heavy favorite in the August primary. McSally barely lost to Barber in 2012 and the seat is expected to be one of the most hotly-contested in the nation.
While the candidate's fundraising is significant, the money raised and spent by the candidates to date - and, likely throughout the campaign - is going to be DWARFED by the amount spent on TV ads by outside groups. Already, outside groups are running ads practically matching that dollar figure, both supporting and hammering Barber.
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