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Spanberger's GOP challenger raises over $1.8 million in third quarter

Spanberger's GOP challenger raises over $1.8 million in third quarter
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Republican House candidate Nick Freitas reported raising a record-breaking $1.8 million in the third quarter of 2020 in his race against incumbent Rep. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerFive takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks Lawmakers say companies need to play key role in sustainability On The Money: Weekly jobless claims fall to lowest level since lockdowns | Retail sales surge in March | Dow, S&P hit new records MORE (D-Va.), according to figures exclusively obtained by The Hill. 

The third-quarter fundraising haul far surpasses his second-quarter total of $405,000. Freitas's campaign has yet to officially release its cash-on-hand total but estimates it will be around $700,000. 

Additionally, Freitas's latest fundraising surpassed the previous Virginia House GOP single-quarter fundraising record of $1.5 million, which was set by former Rep. Scott RigellScott RigellSpanberger's GOP challenger raises over .8 million in third quarter Ex-Rep. Scott Taylor to seek old Virginia seat GOP rushes to embrace Trump MORE (R-Va.) in the third quarter of 2010. 

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Spanberger has not yet released her third-quarter fundraising figures but so far has outraised Freitas, raking in $4.86 million this cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Spanberger has a cash-on-hand total of total of $4.08 million.

The contest is one of the most-watched House races two years after Spanberger unseated Republican incumbent Rep. Dave Brat (Va.). The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the race as a “toss-up.”

Spanberger is one of 30 Democrats who flipped a district in 2018 that was won by President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE in 2016.

Now, Republicans are intent on flipping it back. Brat and former House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorVirginia GOP candidates for governor gear up for convention Cantor: 'Level of craziness' in Washington has increased 'on both sides' White House says bills are bipartisan even if GOP doesn't vote for them MORE (R-Va.), who was unseated by Brat in 2014, teamed up last month on Freitas’s general election finance committee. The two joined former Rep. Tom Bliley (R-Va.), who represented the district for 20 years before Cantor, on the committee.