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Posted at 1:50 p.m. on April 16
The Republican challenger to Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., is on the air with a positive spot and is putting big money behind it.
Attorney David Trott’s campaign aired a spot featuring him commuting to work and touts him as a job creator and Washington outsider. A spokeswoman said the campaign’s ad buy was well into the six figures.
Trott has plenty of money to spend on advertising. He raised $587,000 in the first quarter of this year and reported a little more than $1 million in cash on hand. Part of his haul was self-funded: Trott contributed $400,000 to the campaign earlier this year.
Bentivolio lags far behind on the financial front. But compared to his previous quarters, Bentivolio upped his fundraising game in the early part of this year. He raised $110,000 and reported $129,000 in cash on hand, according to his newly filed Federal Election Commission report.
The primary is on Aug. 5.
Former State Department adivser Bobby McKenzie is running for the Democratic nomination. The race is rated Favored Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.