AURORA | Democratic candidate Morgan Carroll is still trailing behind incumbent Mike Coffman in raising money for the campaign for Aurora’s 6th Congressional District seat.
Carroll raised $998,778 according to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission through March. 31, 2016. She ended the filing period with a total of $803,339 in individual donations and $185,432 from political action committees.
Carroll was only able to keep $641,092 at the end of the filing period, having spent $347,686, largely on staff expenses — such as salaries and travel — and fundraising activities.
Coffman meanwhile has raised $1,773,195 through March 31, according to reports filed with the FEC. He ended the filing period with $1,073,783 from individual donors and $649,275 from PACs.
Coffman also kept more cash on hand at the end of the reporting period, with $1,312,109 on hand. His campaign has spent $483,608, largely on consulting and fundraising.
Coffman, as a longtime incumbent in the seat, had a financial upper hand to begin with over Carroll.
He ended 2015 with around $1 million in cash on hand, which is a little more than double the $452,000 Carroll reported at the end of 2015, according to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission through Dec. 31, 2015.
Coffman is serving his fourth term in the U.S House of Representatives. 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. She previously served as the state Senate Minority Leader. She stepped down from that post prior to the current legislative session while running for Congress.
According to the Cook Political Report, the 6th Congressional District race is one of 15 GOP-held seats that is considered a tossup, with Coffman the only long-term Republican considered in jeopardy by the site.
Coffman has so far successfully staved off two Democratic challengers.
He was first elected in 2008 after the retirement of former Rep. Tom Tancredo, and he has so far been able to hold onto the district after it was redrawn in 2011 to include most of Aurora, and many more Democrats. In addition to defeating Romanoff in 2014 by 9 percentage points, Coffman won over Democratic nominee Joe Miklosi by 2 percentage points in 2012.