/ Modified feb 3, 2014 2:38 p.m.

Congressional Incumbents Have More Money For 2014 Elections

Challengers are poised to catch up with quick fundraising pace in Tucson-area districts.



In Congressional Districts 1 and 2 in the Tucson area, the incumbent Democrats are working toward having $1 million in their campaign accounts to spend on the 2014 election.

Challengers have less money on hand, but some are raising more money than incumbents, or staying competitive in the money race.

Congressional Districts 1 and 2 are competitive races because their voter-registration numbers are divided among Democrats, independents, and Republicans. The other Tucson-area congressional race, in District 3, has a Democratic voter-registration advantage.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is seeking her third term in office. She out-raised her Republican opponents in the last three months of 2013, and brought in $264,326. She also has the most money on hand, with $824,159 and a $2,000 debt.

Her Republican challengers include Jim Brown, who has not yet filed a campaign finance report, plus three who have been in the race for at least the last quarter of 2013.

Kirkpatrick's top competitor, in terms of fundraising, is Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin. He raised $232,520, but has far less on hand than her, with $191,353. He has no debt.

Republican rancher Gary Kiehne raised $117,073 in the last three months of 2013, and has $210,673 on hand. He loaned his campaign $100,000, and the campaign hasn't paid him back.

The other Republican in the race is state Rep. Adam Kwasman. He has $100,349 on hand after raising $113,941 in the last quarter. His campaign owes $125 to a web media company in Glendale.

In the race for Congressional District 2, incumbent Democrat Ron Barber has the most money on hand, but Republican Martha McSally out-raised him in the final quarter of 2013.

Barber brought in $250,333, and has $939,230 left in his campaign account, with no debt. McSally, who narrowly lost the race to Barber in 2012, raised $313,152 and has $547,975 on hand to spend. McSally has $669 in debt, money she loaned her campaign.

Also in the race is Republican Shelley Kais, who raised $14,594, and has $12,900 on hand. She has $1,270 in debt. The majority of that is money she loaned her campaign committee, but she also owes a family business money for copies.

Republican Ed Martin was in the race, but withdrew earlier this month, and did not file a year-end campaign finance report. Chuck Wooten, also a Republican, joined the race this week and has not filed any paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to declare himself a candidate or open a campaign committee.

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva is seeking his seventh term in office. He raised $78,074, has $109,159 on hand. His campaign owes $8,229 to Old Pueblo Printers and a law firm.

His opponent, Republican Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, raised $5,795, and has $774 on hand with no debt.

For more detailed information on each candidate, follow the links above to their campaign finance reports, or go to the Federal Election Commission website.

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