WASHINGTON--Democratic House hopeful Raja Krishnamoorthi has more cash on hand than rival Tammy Duckworth, but she outraised him in the third quarter, according to fund-raising figures released by the campaigns on Thursday.
Krishnamoorthi and Duckworth are facing off in a primary in the northwest suburban district eighth district, in turf designed by Democratic lawmakers in Springfield in the new remap to make it difficult for a Republican to win the congressional seat.
Republicans have yet to field a major contender and time is running out to recruit a blue chip name.
Krishnamoorthi was in the contest months ahead of Duckworth; he resisted pressure to step aside once the better known Duckworth got in the race in the first week of July. The Duckworth/Krishnamoorthi matchup will be one of the major Illinois House primary races.
Krishnamoorthi collected $313,536 in the third quarter--July, August and September, less than Duckworth--but he has more cash on hand, with a $635,997 balance as of Sept. 30.
Duckworth's third quarter haul was $476,894, out of which the campaign had $365,338 cash on hand.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and David Axelrod, President Obama's top political strategist, bolstered Duckworth's fund-raising efforts.