2008 Challengers who upset incumbents

On January 25, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

A lot of attention is paid to fund raising in Congressional races. While fund raising is extremely important, it isn’t the ‘end-all, be-all’ decision maker in regard to elections.

Below is a list of 2008 races in which the challenger raised less money than the incumbent and still won the election.

2008FL16Tom Rooney-R   209,874   *$1,615,899    $1,597,768
Tim Mahoney-D                  139,373      $3,036,964    $2,756,453

2008LA02Joseph Cao-R*              33,132   $182,529   $174,559
William J Jefferson-D                     31,318   $350,862   $288,478

2008LA06Bill Cassidy-R*  150,332  $1,263,731   $1,220,744
Donald J Cazayoux-D          125,886  $2,740,163   $2,766,865

2008MI09Gary Peters-D  183,311   *$2,549,935    $2,506,719
Joe Knollenberg-R            150,035      $3,774,155    $4,119,277

2008NV03Dina Titus-D   165,912   *$1,856,736    $1,777,641
Jon Porter   -R                  147,940      $2,946,133    $2,873,337

2008NC08Larry Kissell-D   157,185   * $1,503,264   $1,488,777
Robin Hayes-R                     126,634  $3,768,678   $3,808,201

2008OH01Steve Driehaus-D        155,089* $1,489,648    $1,447,544
Steve Chabot-R                             140,469 $2,349,745    $2,410,292

2008PA03Kathleen Dahlkemper-D 146,846 *$1,163,937   $1,152,538
Phil English-R                                  139,757   $2,659,966   $2,615,349

2008VA02Glenn Nye* 141,857  $1,364,176   $1,334,146
Thelma Drake                128,486  $2,043,585   $2,031,036

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Sets record for GOP challenger in 17th District

EAST MOLINE, IL–Bobby Schilling, candidate for Congress in the Illinois 17th Congressional District, out-raised his opponent, Rep. Phil Hare in individual donations for the 4th quarter fundraising reports. Schilling raised $53,967 in individual donations, while Hare only raised $49,420 in individual donations. The Schilling campaign also broke the record for cash amassed by any Republican challenger in the 17th District. Schilling edged out former candidate Mark Baker’s record of $82,000 amassed in the 1998 pre-election year reports.

“Grassroots support for Bobby Schilling caught fire early and now it is translating into fundraising momentum,” said Terry Schilling, press secretary for the Schilling campaign. “Our campaign has found its groove.  We are making great progress in our fund-raising efforts.”

The Schilling campaign amassed $89,388 for the pre-election year of 2009. Schilling noted that all of the campaign’s fund-raising came from individuals, and that more than 85% of donations came from within the 17th District.

Schilling continued, “The majority of Hare’s financial support came from special interests, which clearly shows that he been bought by lobbyists in Chicago and Washington and no longer represents us.

Bobby Schilling, a native of Rock Island, has served as a local union steward and also has 13 years of union experience. Schilling, a local business owner and father of nine children, is running on a platform of bringing jobs and real representation back to the 17th district. Earlier this year, Schilling conducted a 34-city “Bob’s for Jobs” tour, where he met with voters and employers all across the district. Schilling is the only Republican candidate for the Illinois 17th District that will be on the ballot in the February primary election.

For more information about Bobby Schilling please visit his website at www.bobsforjobsblog.com

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