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Mike Simpson Out-Raised Tea Party Primary Opponent
Posted at 10:43 a.m. on May 9, 2014
Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson out-raised his tea-party-bolstered Republican primary opponent in the final fundraising period of the contest.
According to pre-primary reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission, Simpson raised $193,000 from April 1 to April 30 and ended the month with $566,000 in cash on hand. Attorney Bryan Smith, who is backed by well-financed outside groups like the Club for Growth, raised $104,000 in April and had $231,000 in cash on hand.
Simpson and Smith will face off in a May 20 primary in Idaho’s 2nd District. More than $1 million from outside groups has been spent on the race in support of both candidates.
Business-oriented conservative groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and Defending Main Street PAC, the group run by former Rep. Steven C. LaTourette, R-Ohio, have spent hundreds of thousands to help Simpson survive. The Club for Growth has been on the air attacking Simpson and supporting Smith.
Should he lose, Simpson would be the first incumbent defeated in 2014.
Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., survived $1 million in outside group spending to defeat a primary challenger on Tuesday. Speaker John A. Boehner and Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, also survived primary challenges this week.
Idaho’s 2nd District is rated Safe Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.