Mark Udall Crushes Q1: $2.07 Million Raised

The smile of a man who raised over $2 million in Q1.

The smile of a man who raised over $2 million in Q1.

AP's Nick Riccardi:

Sen. Mark Udall's campaign says it raised $2 million in the first quarter of the year, transforming the Democrat's re-election bid against a tough opponent from a low-key contest into a top-tier national race.

The campaign will file reports showing it has $5.9 million cash on hand to fight off Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, who made a surprise entry into the race more than halfway through the quarter…

Polls have shown Udall narrowly ahead of most Republicans in Colorado. After Gardner's entry, national conservative and liberal groups began airing ads in the state. Analysts predict the race will be one of the most expensive in the nation.

FOX 31's Eli Stokols:

Udall, a Democrat facing a strong challenge from Republican Congressman Cory Gardner, raised $2,068,205.47 in the year’s first fundraising quarter.

That brings his total cash on hand to $5,904,534.45 in what’s become a top-ten race that could determine control of the Senate.

It's worth noting that much of Q1 went by without a serious challenger for incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, with Republican opponent Cory Gardner only entering the race in the last week of February. Such a massive haul in a quarter spent mostly without a serious opponent speaks to Udall's strong position–which should only become stronger as urgency builds around this race. This is not to say that Gardner will want for money: we assume his campaign went all out trying to produce an impressive Q1 number as well, and we expect Gardner's campaign to keep pace all the way through election season.

But for now, by orders of magnitude, advantage Udall.

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  1. ModeratusModeratus says:

    Isn't money in politics a bad thing, libs?

    • bullshit!bullshit! says:

      You are truly the perfect shill.

    • I guess that depends on what the money looks like. $2m in under $200 donations is impressive and entirely grassroots – it's the way the system should work. $2m in $2600 individual donations not as impressive but still okay. $2m in $5000 PAC donations is not "people-driven". $30m in third-party campaign ads is IMHO asking for trouble.

      That's what made Obama's first run (and to a lesser extend second campaign) so impressive – his campaign had a broad-based grassroots donation base that kept pace with the much more PAC and max contributor oriented Republican fundraising machine.

    • JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

      Except when it's a Repug, obviously.

    • DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

      Yes it is. And it sucks that Udall has to spend half his waking hours begging for money. But at present it's the only way to win.

    • BlueCat says:

      Apparently you don't think so, modster.  Dems aren't going to accommodate you by fighting with one hand tied behind their backs. You're the ones who say money is speech.  Since you want it to be about which candidate's money shouts the loudest,  don't expect Dems to whisper sweet nothings. You really are lousy at this, aren't you? 


  2. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    I want the best candidate that money can buy.

    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

      It's wrong to try to buy a politician.   It's much more cost effective just to sub-lease their votes one-term at a time for the issues that really matter to you.   With proper condominiumization in place, hundreds of special interests can own they votes they want on the issues they care about, paying a fraction of the full cost of a politician while the politician can receive two or three times as much money as he'd get by selling all his votes.   Think of it as inspired by the time-share condos in Vail.

  3. Sunmusing says:

    Con Man Cory is about the become a Koch whore….he needs the cash and will do and say anything for a "fix"…

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