West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel raised more than $440,000 in the last three months for her run against Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), according to Frankel's campaign. This is a good number for any House candidate. But, as The Hill reported earlier this week, tea party darling West raised a whopping $1.5 million since the beginning of April.

She has not yet released how much money in the bank she has, but Frankel raised an additional $250,000 in the first three weeks of the campaign. Another Democrat in the district, Patrick Murphy, announced he raised $450,000 in the quarter. It is unclear whether the Democrats will face each other in a primary then face West or if one or both will run in another district, as the state has yet to complete its redistricting.

The suburban Florida district, centered around Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, is an expensive place to campaign. West and former Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) spent nearly $12 million combined in their 2010 face-off, making it one of the costliest House races of the cycle.

West's huge fundraising numbers were aided by his popularity amongst tea partiers around the country. Frankel and Murphy doesn't need to match him dollar for dollar to make the race competitive, but will need to keep up the fast fundraising clip in order to have a shot at him.

West will need every penny to hold the seat. The district as currently is configured gave President Obama 52 percent of its vote in 2008, and it is likely to become more liberal due to redistricting.

This article was updated at 3:09pm on Wednesday, July 13th.