A press release from surging Democratic CD-3 candidate Diane Mitsch Bush today announces a $2.5 million Q3 fundraising haul in her marquee race, easily setting a new record for the most money ever raised in a single quarter by anyone running in this district–in fact,
That means she raised more in a single quarter than any other candidate has for an entire two-year cycle in the history of CO-03. [Pols emphasis] This brings Mitsch Bush’s total raise for the cycle to over $3.6 million.
The record-breaking haul comes after several weeks of momentum for Mitsch Bush—including earning the endorsement of the Denver Post, an outside poll showing her 2 points ahead of her opponent, and the Cook Political Report shifting its prediction for the race in her favor.
“I am humbled and honored by the support we’ve earned to flip this district and take my pragmatic, bipartisan problem solving approach to Washington—with the support of people from all walks of life and without taking one penny from corporate PACs,” said Diane Mitsch Bush. “Coloradans are sick of high health care costs, a lack of good paying jobs, representatives who won’t stand up for our public lands, and politicians who don’t work for them. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work on practical solutions that will help people in Western and Southern Colorado have a better future.”
As the realization has set in that the CD-3 Republican primary was a disaster for the incumbent party, with the surprise nomination of a totally unqualified fringe candidate to succeed five-term incumbent GOP Rep. Scott Tipton who had defended the seat easily, the floodgates have clearly opened on the Democratic side to exploit this unexpected gift. In some ways, the situation has parallels to the ouster of GOP Rep. Marilyn Musgrave from her “safe” GOP CD-4 seat back in 2008–while this may not be a district that Democrats can defend in perpetuity with today’s maps, unique weakness on the part of the Republican candidate creates a near-term opportunity that can’t be ignored.
And as with all such opportunities, sweat what comes after…after.