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Mike Coffman edges past challenger Jason Crow’s quarterly fundraising in 6th CD

Author: Ernest Luning - April 12, 2018 - Updated: April 13, 2018

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Mike Coffman DACAU.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, an Aurora Republican, gives his victory speech at the Colorado GOP’s election night party in Greenwood Village in 2016. (Photo by Jack Dempsey/AP file)

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman plans to report raising $464,847 for the just-completed first fundraising quarter of the year — just $3,000 more than his leading Democratic challenger Jason Crow plans to report for the quarter, although the Republican incumbent has nearly $300,000 more cash on hand in the hotly contested race.

Coffman will have raised a total of $1,743,119 through the fundraising period that ended March 31, his campaign said. After spending roughly $134,000, Coffman had $1,170,014 in the bank, compared to the $883,746 Crow had on hand.

“The support for Mike is as strong as ever,” Coffman campaign manger Tyler Sandberg told Colorado Politics. “Voters value his independent leadership and we’ll continue to work hard to ensure we have the resources to fight back against the millions that Nancy Pelosi’s Super PACs are planning to spend, yet again, to beat Mike.”

As has been the case for the past three elections, Democrats are targeting Coffman in the nearly evenly divided suburban 6th Congressional District, where voters swung toward Hillary Clinton in 2016 while sending Coffman back to Washington for a fifth term.

A political action committee aligned with Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, has already reserved $1.76 million in television ads in the district for the fall campaign.

For the previous fundraising quarter, Crow, a first-time candidate, out-raised Coffman by more than $30,000 — pulling in $276,712 to Coffman’s $243,530 — but Coffman had more money in the bank than his challenger then, too.

Coffman won a straight shot to the nomination last weekend when he managed to keep conservative challenger Roger Edwards off the June primary ballot at the GOP assembly. Crow is facing a primary against clean energy expert Levi Tillemann, who has submitted petitions to get on the ballot. Democrats meet Thursday night at the party’s district assembly.

Tillemann has yet to release his fundraising totals for the most recent quarter. Congressional candidates must file quarterly campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission by April 15.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.