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Idaho Rep. Simpson Says he’s Got More Money than Challenger

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In the congressional fundraising horse race, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson says he outraised challenger Bryan Smith nearly four-to-one in 2013′s final quarter. Smith announced yesterday that he raised $111,066 in the fourth quarter.

The money will go to his GOP primary election bid against Simpson, with the vote on May 20. Meanwhile, Simpson says he brought in $430,000. In total, Simpson says he raised more than $1.25 million in 2013, with Smith raking in $525,000, including his own money, since joining the race in June.

Smith says he’s “overwhelmed by the support my campaign has received.” Simpson, an eight-term Republican going for his ninth, says he’s got $760,000 in cash to pay for campaign materials as he tries to keep his job in the face of Smith’s conservative challenge.

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