UPDATE: Correcting a previous version of this post, Andrew Romanoff narrowly outraised incumbent Mike Coffman in Q3 of 2013 as well.
Here are some numbers that don't lie, as FOX 31's Eli Stokols reports today:
With a fundraising haul of $458,943 last quarter, Romanoff notched another impressive win on the fundraising front in what’s shaping up to be one of the most competitive and expensive 2014 House races in the country.
Both campaigns raised more than $2 million in 2013, with Romanoff bringing in $2,004,461 for the year.
Coffman’s final total: $ 2,060,506, exactly $56,045 more than his Democratic challenger.
But the former Democratic House Speaker now has $1,669,617 cash on hand, almost $200,000 more than Coffman’s $1,477,636 cash on hand total.
Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff's besting of incumbent Mike Coffman's 2013 Q4 $405,000 fundraising total is the
first second time Coffman has ever been outraised since being elected to Congress in 2008. While there will be plenty of money spent by third party groups for or against either candidate, money follows winners–and big donors are clearly at least hedging their bets that Romanoff will come out ahead in November. In 2012, Coffman faced a state legislator opponent who was never able to approach Coffman's haul quarter after quarter, yet still managed to come closer than expected to unseating him. We remarked at the time that Coffman needed his opponent at a financial lopsided disadvantage in order to stay afloat in a district no longer suited to his hard-right politics.
Today, Coffman is the one at a financial disadvantage. And that is very bad news for him.