Incumbents usually have a money advantage over challengers, but that is not the way the NC2 race is shaping up between moderate incumbent [mc_name name=’Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’E000291′ ], infamous for blowing up a key pro-life bill at the last minute and for referring to [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] as her ”boss”, and her top conservative primary challenger, former Chatham County GOP chairman Jim Duncan. First quarter reports show Duncan outraising Ellmers, while a third announced hopeful, perennial candidate Frank Roche is far behind in the money chase.
Duncan reported raising $217,043. compared to Ellmers’ $195,644, and Roche’s $12,792.
Duncan reported spending $34,989.22, while Ellmers spent $127,458. and Roche $9,420.
Cash in the bank reported was Duncan $182,053.99, Ellmers $220,351, and Roche $3,372
Much of Ellmers fundraising was from PAC’s and from out of state.
Duncan gave $100,000 to his own campaign. Most of the remainder was from individuals, rather than PAC’s, and 55% of it in contributions of $200 or less. In contrast to Ellmers, 76% of Duncan’s contributions came from North Carolina residents.
In addition to his fundraising success, Duncan has put together a much stronger grassroots network of campaign activists across the district.
One can keep up with the Duncan campaign at www.jimfornc.com