The Democratic primary contest in the newly drawn northwest suburban 8th Congressional District is heating up financially as well as politically. Tammy Duckworth outraised Raja Krishnamoorthi in the last three months, but Krishnamoorthi holds a cash-on-hand advantage.
Both campaigns disclosed fundraising numbers today in advance of the Oct. 15 deadline to disclose donations and spending from July 1 to Sept. 30 to the Federal Elections Commission.
Krishnamoorthi, a former state deputy treasurer and unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic comptroller nomination last year, has raised $726,184 since entering the contest May 23 and has $635,997 in cash on hand, his campaign said.
Duckworth, a disabled military veteran who lost a high profile congressional race in 2006 to Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton, will report about $365,000 in cash on hand, but only got into the race on July 6, her campaign said.
In the three-month reporting period, covering her entry into the campaign, the former assistant U.S. Veteran’s Affairs secretary raised $476,894 compared to $313,536 for Krishnamoorthi, a Hoffman Estates resident.
The current 8th District is home to freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh of McHenry, who is strongly backed by the Tea Party movement. But Democrats controlling the legislature and governor’s office had the power to redraw congressional boundaries without Republican input following last year’s federal Census.
The new map, facing a court challenge from Republicans, left the new 8th District as a Democratic-leaning open seat. Walsh has said he will challenge another first-term Republican incumbent, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren of Winfield, in the newly drawn 14th Congressional District.