- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Congressman Joe Heck has raised more than double the campaign money of his Democratic challenger Erin Bilbray in their swing-district house race, while the fundraising gaps are even wider in Nevada’s three other, less competitive congressional races.

The incumbent Republican raised $2.25 million so far this cycle, compared with $1.1 million for Bilbray, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission before a Wednesday deadline. Since June, Heck has pulled in nearly $442,000 compared with Bilbray’s $173,000 haul.

Heck and Bilbray are seeking to represent the 3rd Congressional District, which includes Henderson and Summerlin in southern Nevada. Democrats have a 1 percentage point advantage over Republicans, but 19 percent of the district is registered nonpartisan.

Fundraising gaps are widening in Nevada’s three other, less competitive House races. Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford has raised $1.4 million this election cycle, which is five times the amount his Republican challenger, Cresent Hardy, has raised. Hardy collected $286,000 this election cycle, including money used to defeat Republican primary challenger Niger Innis, and has raised $91,000 since June.

Horsford’s 4th Congressional District includes urban North Las Vegas and a vast stretch of rural Nevada that reaches to Yerington and Ely in the north. It leans Democratic.

Rep. Dina Titus, a Democrat, has raise $997,000 this cycle, which is about seven times as much as her Republican opponent, Dr. Annette Teijeiro. The 1st Congressional District encompassing urban Las Vegas leans heavily Democratic, and Teijeiro’s campaign has failed to gain funding traction since she won the primary. She’s raised a little more than $11,000 since June, compared with Titus’ $151,000 haul during that period.

GOP Rep. Mark Amodei, whose 2nd Congressional District in northern Nevada is largely Republican, has raised $652,000 this cycle and $213,000 since June.

His little-known Democratic challenger, Kristen Spees, beat out three other contenders in a crowded primary in June, but reported raising almost nothing after her victory. Spees filed no campaign finance report by the Wednesday deadline, and a filing in July indicated that she hadn’t reached a $5,000 fundraising threshold by that point and thus would not disclose her campaign financial activity.


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