With a little over two weeks until voters head to the polls Republican Martha Roby outraised incumbent Democrat Bobby Bright by more than $150,000, or 42 percent, in the critical third quarter reporting period of the hotly contested campaign to win Alabama's Second Congressional District.
Roby raised $363,690 during the period spanning July 1 to September 30, compared to just $209,602 for Bright.
The fundraising data, made public tonight as part of required Federal Election Commission filings, contains all the tell-tale signs that grassroots momentum is solidly swinging towards Roby in the closing weeks of the election.
More than 70 percent of Roby's donations came from individual donors, while Democrat Bright relied on Washington-based political action committees for nearly 70 percent of all donations to his campaign.
Roby received donations from over 400 individual contributors, while Bright had fewer than 100 individual contributors. Roby raised $188,000 more from individuals than did Bright.
Less than a quarter of Bright's money was raised in the district.
"The enthusiasm and support we're receiving from voters all across the Second District has been overwhelming," Roby said. "I am so grateful for all those that have been willing to stand behind our campaign, to support us with donations, and to make generous offers of time and energy to knock on doors, make phone calls, or contact their friends and neighbors."
This fundraising victory comes on the heels of several signs of increasing momentum for the Roby campaign. The campaign released a Public Opinion Strategies poll last week showing Roby with a two-point lead, after trailing eight points in July.
In reaction to these developments, respected political pundit Charlie Cook last week moved the Second District contest from "Leans Democrat" to "Toss-Up," and the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza moved the race up to 37 from 43 on his weekly list of the 50 House races most likely to switch parties in November.
"Our message is clear and direct: we stand for the Constitution, for limited government, for lower taxes and less regulation--and we're willing to fight every day to defend those principles so that hard working Americans can get our economy moving again," Roby said. "It's hard to say what Nancy Pelosi and Bobby Bright's Democratic party stands for, except more spending, more debt, and more regulation. And that is exactly what we'll get so long as they remain in power."
Democrat Bright previously enjoyed a 6 to 1 cash-on-hand advantage in the race. After Roby's third quarter effort, which more than doubled her previous quarterly best, Bright's advantage is reduced to less than 2 to 1.