Republican Hultgren’s war chest outpaces Underwood’s in 14th Congressional race
Though Democrat Lauren Underwood surged in fundraising in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District during the second quarter, Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren’s campaign war chest surpasses his opponent’s by more than $360,000, the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) reports.
The Hultgren-Underwood contest is among the most closely watched November political battles in Illinois. The district spans the outer suburbs of Chicago, stretching from Plattville through Hampshire to the Wisconsin border, according to the ICPR.
Hultgren raised $388,111 in the second quarter, and Underwood, a health policy advisor in the Obama administration, outpaced the congressman by raising more than $538,000 over the same period, according to financial reports filed this week. Hultgren, however, had more than $1 million on hand as the quarter ended, while Underwood had $651,885 in funds available, according to ICPR.
Both Hultgren and Underwood spent conservatively in the second quarter, with the incumbent spending just over $146,000, while Underwood spent just under $118,000. This suggests that the candidates will spend most of their funds as the election draws nearer, according to ICPR.
A poll conducted by Public Policy Polling in April shows the candidates are separated by 4 percentage points – 45 percent for Hultgren and 41 percent for Underwood.