Idaho GOP candidate moves campaign office out of district to save money

State Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) has moved his campaign office out of the district he hopes to represent in order to save money.

His new office is in downtown Boise, according to a report from the Associated Press, and is longer located within the confines of Idaho's 1st Congressional District, where he is challenging Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho). Idaho has two congressional districts and the boundary line cuts through western Boise.

In challenging Minnick, Labrador is taking on one of the GOP's top targets in 2010 but since defeating the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)-backed Vaughn Ward in a May primary, Labrador has struggled to raise money for the general election. 

From May through June, Labrador raised just more than $101,000, and he reported less than $70,000 cash on hand. Minnick raised more than $290,000 during the same time and had more than $1.1 million on hand at the end of the second quarter. 

Labrador's name was also absent from the NRCC's latest list of additions to its Young Guns candidate program. Labrador told an Idaho newspaper that he had decided to opt out of the program. 

Labrador's campaign told the AP he will have an office in the district "when Raul is elected to U.S. Congress."

-- This post was updated at 3:29 p.m.