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Cain Outdoes Poliquin in Latest Fundraising Period

Mal Leary
Emily Cain in May 2014.

Former state Sen. Emily Cain raised more money than incumbent U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin during the last fundraising period. But the Democratic challenger still lags Poliquin, a Republican, in cash on hand and total donations.
Cain's campaign brought in more than $220,000 during the pre-primary report, according to the Federal Elections Commission. Poliquin drew just over $194,000.

But Poliquin continues have an advantage in the money race. His reelection committee has more than $1.9 million in cash, almost double Cain's $920,000. To date, the Republican has received $2.3 million for his reelection bid. Cain has received $1.4 million since declaring her candidacy almost immediately after losing to Poliquin in 2014.

In press statements, both campaigns touted the sources of their donations. But the two campaigns won't operate alone in the battle to represent the 2nd District Congressional District. The race has been targeted by national interest groups, which are expected to spend heavily on the contest, just as they did two years ago.