- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A central Kansas obstetrician trying to unseat U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp in Kansas’ sprawling 1st District more than doubled the incumbent’s fundraising between April and June, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

Roger Marshall, a Great Bend Republican who along with Alan LaPolice is seeking the Republican nomination for Huelskamp’s seat, raised $184,580 for the quarter, with roughly $153,000 coming from individual contributors, The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1Ka9zFN ) reported. Of the remainder, $29,000 was from a loan Marshall made to himself, and $2,700 came from a political action committee.

Huelskamp raised $76,520 in the second quarter, with $40,020 coming from individual donors and $36,500 coming from political action committees. Those figures add to the $277,948 the incumbent has raised this election cycle.

His campaign committee, Kansans for Huelskamp, had $666,040 on hand at the end of June.

LaPolice reported Tuesday that he hadn’t raised any funds in the quarter. He lost a close August 2014 primary - surprisingly close because of his status as a political novice.

Fort Hays State University political science professor Chapman Rackaway said Marshall’s fundraising indicates he is taking his campaign seriously.

“It’s not easy to impress me with this stuff, but I’m impressed,” Rackaway said.

The professor noted, however, that Huelskamp hasn’t yet ramped up his fundraising efforts.

Marshall and LaPolice entered the 2016 congressional race this spring, setting up a three-way marathon to the August 2016 primary. In the rural 1st District, which encompasses more than half of the state, challengers can face obstacles reaching voters and funding the travel to do so.

Of the four Kansas U.S. House members - all of whom have announced they will seek re-election - only Huelskamp has drawn challengers.

The campaign committee for 3rd District Rep. Kevin Yoder raised $338,975 last quarter and had $1.8 million on hand at the end of June. More than half of the money he raised last quarter came from political action committees.

Rackaway said Yoder’s stockpile of cash could scare away challengers.

Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins raised $321,257 in the second quarter and had $728,090 on hand at the end of June. Rep. Mike Pompeo raised $156,875 and had $1,101,484 on hand.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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