WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Travis Childers has more than twice as much cash on hand as his leading Republican challenger, Alan Nunnelee, according to the latest campaign finance reports.
Nunnelee, a state senator, raised $150,427 during the first three months of the year. Childers raised $220,477 during the same period.
“Anytime you’re running against an incumbent and you’re raising (roughly) the same amount of money, it’s very impressive,” said Morgan Baldwin, a spokesman for Nunnelee’s campaign.
The race for Mississippi’s 1st District seat is expected to be one of the most competitive in the country. National Republicans and Democrats have targeted the race.
Childers’ campaign says that with $700,000 on hand, the congressman is well-positioned financially.
The congressman’s “fundraising advantage is expected to grow as potential rivals spend their available re-sources leading up to their primary in June,” Brad Morris, a spokesman for Chil-ders, said in a statement. “North Mississippians’ support for Childers remains apparent in his lack of a primary opponent, and he will continue to stockpile cash leading up to the November general election.”