State Sen. Morgan Carroll trails U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in CD6 fundraising

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    AURORA | Democratic candidate Morgan Carroll said she raised  $277,577 from more than 2,000 individual donors in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to a January news release from her campaign in the race for Colorado’s 6th Congressional District seat. 

    That’s about $35,000 less than the district’s Republican incumbent, Rep. Mike Coffman, whose campaign said he raised more than $313,000 by the end of 2015. 

    Coffman’s campaign also said he ended the year with over $1.5 million in cash on hand, which is a little more than double the $452,000 Carroll reported she had  left, according to The Denver Post

    Coffman is serving his fourth term in the competitive district. The district includes Aurora and some of Denver’s eastern suburbs. He won the district in 2014 after one of the most contentious and expensive House races in the country, pushing back former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.

    Carroll has represented Aurora in the state Senate since 2009 and was president of the chamber in 2014, before the GOP took the majority.

    “I am proud to have so many grassroots supporters on my team, and I’m encouraged by the thousands of people who have stepped up for a change in the way we’re represented in Washington,”she said in a statement. “I have a record of delivering real results for Colorado families, and that’s exactly what we need in Congress. ”

    Physician Perry Haney has loaned himself $1 million, though it’s not clear what sort of challenge he’ll put up to the former Senate president.

    Aurora’s CD6 is divided almost evenly among Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters.  For years a Republican stronghold, the district was redrawn in 2012 to include a much more diverse population, including a Latino contingent that now makes up about 20 percent of the district’s population.

    Full details on the candidates’ fundraising from October through Dec. 31 were due to be reported to federal election authorities Jan. 31.

    — The Associated Press contributed to this story.