Soon after 2018’s election for Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District proved unexpectedly competitive, political pundits started issuing predictions: 2020 would be a hotly contested race.
Based on the latest quarterly fundraising numbers reported by the frontrunners — the same candidates who ran two years ago and are gearing up for a rematch, after an impeachment, a global pandemic and sustained anti-racism protests — those predictions are proving to be correct.
In the second quarter of 2020, both top candidates brought in approximately double the campaign donations compared with the same period in 2018.
The incumbent, Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Battle Ground brought in just over $764,000 from March to June, trouncing her second quarter fundraising in the last election, when she raised about $454,000.
Her foremost challenger, Democrat Carolyn Long of Vancouver also dwarfed her prior fundraising benchmark, raking in $682,000 over the past three months. In spring of 2018, during her first run, Long had raised just shy of $326,000.