Ex-Rep. Kirkpatrick outraises Rep. Gosar for rematch

Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) has raised more money than Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) in the past three months.

Kirkpatrick brought in $240,000 since the start of April and has $215,000 cash on hand for the election after paying off debts from her 2010 race. Gosar raised $170,000 during the same period. His campaign has not yet said how much cash on hand he has.

Both fundraising totals are respectable in the northeastern Arizona district, most of which is in the expensive Phoenix media market.

Kirkpatrick almost doubled Gosar's spending in 2010: she spent close to $2 million, while he spent a bit more than $1 million. Despite that, Gosar beat Kirkpatrick by a 50 percent to 44 percent margin.

The district is currently Republican-leaning — it gave both Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former President George W. Bush 54 percent of its vote in past presidential elections. While the rest of the state has trended Democratic, this area has added many exurban, wealthier white voters who lean Republican. Arizona has a nonpartisan redistricting commission, which could choose to make the district easier to win for Democrats, or a little more favorable to the GOP.

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