Sen. Mark Udall has $2.5 million in war chest with no opponent
WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Udall has a substantial pot of cash to run a campaign against … well, no one so far.
The first-term Democrat, whose re-election campaign is next year, raised $1.5 million in the first quarter, according to Federal Elections Commission reports filed Monday.
He has about $2.5 million cash on hand.
“I’m gratified that Coloradans recognize the work I’m doing on their behalf as their U.S. senator, and I’m pleased that so many of them are supporting my grassroots re-election campaign,” Udall said in a statement.
No Republican has stepped up to run against him so far.
“Udall’s latest fundraising push demonstrates exactly how worried and vulnerable he knows he is,” said Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call.
On the House side, the most contentious 6th Congressional District race has the two candidates — incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and Democratic former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff — fundraising neck and neck.
Coffman, after refunding some donations, raised $512,000, and Romanoff raised $514,000.
“Coloradans are sending a clear message to Congress,” Romanoff said in a statement. “Start solving problems. Reach across the aisle. Get something done.”
Coffman’s finance director Kristin Strohm said the congressman’s “huge fundraising haul shows the strong re-election support he has across Colorado. This is the largest first quarter Coffman has ever had, which puts him in a great position heading into the 2014 election cycle.”
Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, raised about $122,000 in the first quarter.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Jefferson County, raised $300,000.
Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, raised $92,674.
Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, raised $30,000.
Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, raised $79,658.
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, raised $65,479.
Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat who doesn’t run for re-election until 2016, is the chief fundraiser for the Senate Democrats nationwide. His committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, files monthly and will have March receipts, perhaps, by the end of this week.