Republican Dan Bongino, the former Secret Service agent running in Maryland's 6th Congressional District, raised more than $530,000 since July, significantly exceeding his past fundraising and nearly matching the incumbent's haul, campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show.
Delaney raised just more than $591,000 over the same period.
The Bongino campaign noted it had brought in more than any of the state's House incumbents, including Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House Minority Whip and a prolific fundraiser. While the fundraising would pose a threat in many congressional districts, the impact in the Sixth will likely be blunted by the fact that Delaney, a former banker, has demonstrated a willingness to augment his campaign funds with his own cash.
The congressman spent $2.3 million of his own money on the 2012 election.
So far this cycle, Delaney has spent $77,911 of his own money and loaned his campaign another $160,000.
Another factor working in Delaney's favor: He has more than double Bongino's cash on hand, $450,000 compared with $169,000.
Bongino, an aggressive campaigner, ran an unsuccessful campaign for Senate in 2012. He published an autobiography last year and appears frequently on conservative media outlets.
But the new 6th district -- in which Delaney beat Bartlett by more than 20 percentage points in 2012 -- poses a challenge for any Republican. The contest has received little attention from outside conservative groups eager to expand the House Republican majority next year.