Former Rep. Kirkpatrick raises more than $230,000 for rematch with Gosar

The third fundraising quarter of the year was fruitful for former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), who pulled in more than $230,000 for her bid to take back the seat she lost to Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) in 2010.

Kirkpatrick starts the final stretch of 2011 with more than $350,000 on hand and no debt, her campaign announced Wednesday. That makes two solid consecutive quarters for Kirkpatrick, who raised about $220,000 in the second quarter.

Gosar unseated Kirkpatrick after one term in the House with the support of national Republican groups and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R). The district leans Republican, but Kirkpatrick's strong numbers indicate it could be a close match.

Gosar, a dentist, brought in about $165,000 in the second quarter, but has not yet announced his third-quarter numbers.