Dem frontrunner raises $150,000 in final 6-week pre-primary period
ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Today, the Morse for Congress campaign announced it raised $150,000 in the final pre-primary fundraising period before the June vote. Covering money raised from April 1st through May 16th, the total will likely once again top all other candidates in the 4th Congressional District race from both parties. Notably, the amount puts Morse past the $1 million mark in total money raised since she entered the race last summer.
"It is humbling that so many people have put their trust in me to bring effective representation back to the community where I am from," said Morse. "As we look ahead to a vigorous fight against Congressman McClintock in the fall, I know our campaign will have all the resources we need to get our message out."
Morse's grassroots support has led to consistently strong fundraising throughout the campaign thus far. In the first quarter of 2018, she raised $357,000, besting McClintock's $326,000 and Democrat Regina Bateson's $141,000, as well as all other candidates on the ballot. Morse also had more cash on hand than any other candidate, with her $715,000 war chest larger than McClintock's $675,000 and Bateson's $261,000. Morse has raised more total funds than any other challenger to McClintock since his first election in 2008 – which he won by fewer than 2,000 votes.
Every major national political forecaster has put the 4th Congressional District race on the competitive watchlist, with Inside Elections, the Cook Political Report, UVA's Crystal Ball, and CNN all moving the seat out of the "Safe Republican" category into the "Likely Republican" category in recent weeks, indicating that a difficult campaign lies ahead for the incumbent McClintock.