St. Louis Post Dispatch – July 16, 2018

Metro East Republicans in Congress raise big bucks for fall campaigns

WASHINGTON • Vulnerable Republican members of Congress from Metro East are raising re-election cash as if their political lives depended on it.

Reps. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, Ill., and Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, Ill., reported decisive fundraising advantages over their Democratic opponents in the three-month period that ended July 1, according to new reports to the Federal Election Commission. The two Democratic challengers — Brendan Kelly and Betsy Dirksen Londrigan — also had robust fundraising quarters but entered July trailing their Republican opponents in cash on hand, Londrigan by more than $1.4 million.

In addition, while outraised in the second quarter by one of her potential Democratic opponents, Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, also had a huge fundraising advantage over several potential Democratic opponents. Missouri’s Aug. 7 primary will determine which of these Democrats will oppose Wagner in the fall.

Democrat Cort Van Ostran raised $314,000 for the quarter, and had roughly $541,000 cash on hand as of July 1. Wagner, who came into the 2018 election cycle with a huge bank account and had, for a bit, entertained a run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Claire McCaskill, raised $211,000 but had almost $3.4  million in the bank.

Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch, July 16, 2018