Romanoff beats Coffman in Q4 fundraising, both campaigns over $2 million in 2013

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Democrat Andrew Romanoff, now a candidate for Congressional District 6, at his campaign office during a 2010 bid for the U.S. Senate.

DENVER — Last week, when GOP Congressman Mike Coffman announced that he’d raised nearly $405,000 in the final quarter of 2013, his Democratic challenger’s campaign told FOX31 that they’d raised more.

On Monday, Andrew Romanoff’s campaign announced how much more.

With a fundraising haul of $458,943 last quarter, Romanoff notched another impressive win on the fundraising front in what’s shaping up to be one of the most competitive and expensive 2014 House races in the country.

Both campaigns raised more than $2 million in 2013, with Romanoff bringing in $2,004,461 for the year.

Coffman’s final total: $ 2,060,506, exactly $56,045 more than his Democratic challenger.

But the former Democratic House Speaker now has $1,669,617 cash on hand, almost $200,000 more than Coffman’s $1,477,636 cash on hand total.

From the get-go, it’s been a battle — and a close one.

Coffman narrowly beat Romanoff in the year’s first quarter — and in the second; Romanoff raised slightly more than Coffman in the third quarter and, now, the fourth.

Romanoff’s team notes that none of the money they’ve raised comes from political action committees, which the candidate spent much of his 2010 Senate primary campaign railing against.

“Coloradans are hungry for solutions,” Romanoff said. “Congress isn’t offering any. It’s time for a change.”

Coffman’s campaign, looking to nationalize the CD-6 race, said Romanoff’s fundraising prowess shows that Democratic operatives in Washington are focused on the race.

“That the Obama-Pelosi fundraising machine is pulling out all the stops for their handpicked candidate is no surprise,” said Coffman’s campaign manager Tyler Sandberg. “But we’re ready for the fight. This district doesn’t want Nancy Pelosi back in the Speaker’s office and Washington to be ruled by one-party control.”

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