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February 13, 2016

Mike Simpson Out-Raised Tea Party Primary Opponent

Simpson outraised his primary opponent in April. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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.

  • bibol

    Just because the Tea Party backs somebody. It does not mean all Tea Party will vote for a Tea Party candidate. In my state I will for against the Tea Party for Senate Primary. But in the House I will for for the Tea Party candidate.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    There are more than 2.6 million unemployed workers without benefits since late last December. While the Republican Senate has made delay after delay, and have taken senate break, after senate break, these poor families have been left hung out to dry, without any means to live, and support their families. There is really a TRUE CRISIS here, which needs our attention and action. The Republicans must STOP holding the Extension Bill “Hostage” in the senate, and PASS the much needed bill to help these poor families in need. Many of these families have faced eviction, home foreclosures, bankruptcy, and homelessness. Lives are being ruined, along with these people’s credit rating. The Republicans should not use these families for “political Leverage”, and bargaining chips. They are using the XL Pipeline Bill in exchange for passing the extension bill. Where are their party’s so called” family values”?

  • quaffer22 .

    I am cautious of either. Super-unknowns are as potentially damaging as the Establishment.
    Though rubbing shoulders with the T-P, I cannot bring myself to vote with blinders on. Otherwise; I would be voting like life-time republicans and democrats.

  • Jay Va

    Over the long term, cultures with superior customs, such as liberty and free enterprise, have a distinct advantage over primitive groups using ancient practices such as collectivism.

  • bibol

    You are another low information voter. It is a Democratic Senate and Senate leader Reid voted against the bill.

  • Dec La’Ration

    Since our minds cannot predict their own future, civilization’s advance consists of learning from our mistakes, taking into account the lessons of accidents, and making the most of the fleeting circumstances we are faced with.

  • Jack Everett

    The best politician to vote for is the one not swimming in corporate campaign funding.

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