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Meanwhile, in the Eighth District

By Erica C. Barnett October 16, 2009

Lest you think we here at PubliCola are single-mindedly obsessed with city and county  races, here's some promising fundraising news for Suzan DelBene. DelBene is running against three-term congressman Rep. Dave Reichert (R-8, WA)—Seattle's Eastside suburbs.

So far, Reichert has raised $753,099 to DelBene's $477,851. However, federal election records reveal that in the last month, DelBene's fundraising has eclipsed Reichert's: $255,555 to Reichert's $215,967. And when you look at cash on hand (meaning: The amount of money the candidates actually have to spend), DelBene is cleaning up, with $614,862 to Reichert's $333,403.

DelBene, a vice president at Microsoft, has contributed $130,000 of her own money to her campaign (and, as some of my conservative fans have noted since this post was published, pledged another $350,000 of her own money). The election is in November 2010.
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