If campaign contributions are any indication, the race for the 3rd Congressional District is no longer heating up, it’s on fire.
Democratic challenger Carolyn Long upped the ante this quarter, bringing in more than $1.75 million in contributions. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, raised $602,011 in the same time frame. This quarter’s Federal Elections Commission filing includes contributions made between July 1 and Sept. 30.
Long raised more than five times what she amassed in July and pulled in more than three times as many contributions as the incumbent.
Individual contributions also show a stark difference between the candidates. While Herrera Beutler received $384,170 from individuals, Long collected $1,489,650 this quarter. Herrera Beutler took in $213,804 from political action committees, whereas Long accepted $153,843 from PACs.
In the last quarter, only $128,639 separated Herrera Beutler and Long, although Herrera Beutler held the lead. This round, just weeks before the election, Long out-raised Herrera Beutler by nearly $1.2 million.