The flood of money expected to enter the primary race between Sen. Mike Enzi and his opponent Liz Cheney has arrived.
Liz Cheney has raised $1.027 million since she announced in July her bid to take on Sen. Mike Enzi for his seat in Congress.
Enzi has earned $847,646 in that same time period.
The numbers are likely to get bigger and signal that both campaigns have found strong backing with 10 months until voters go to the polls.
Both camps released their fundraising totals, due today, even though the Federal Election Commission's third-quarter reports weren't released due to the partial federal government shutdown.
For some insiders in Wyoming politics, the figures are staggering. The $1 million added to Cheney's war chest is usually the total amount of a primary budget not just a single quarter worth of donations, said Wyoming-based political strategist Bill Novotny.
"It's unprecedented in Wyoming politics," he said.
Others were less impressed.
“I am not surprised,” said Joe Milczewski, a political strategist who worked on Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso's 2008 campaign. "What will be interesting is the next million and the million after that."
He said Barrasso raised $1.2 million in a five month span in 2008.
The contributions to Enzi put his cash on hand to a total of $1,209,408.
“Diana and I have been humbled by the overwhelming support we have received from people across our great state,” Enzi said in a media release. “Friends, old and new, have offered their help, advice and prayers. We are so proud to stand side-by-side with these great folks from every corner of Wyoming.”
Nearly 2,000 individual donors from every county in Wyoming and every state in the country contributed to Cheney, her campaigned said. The maximum an individual can give to a candidate's campaign is $2,600 per election.
"Since we launched our campaign on July 17, we have traveled over 11,000 miles across the state of Wyoming," Cheney said in a media release. "The reception has been overwhelming and heartwarming, as I've had the chance to talk with so many of you face-to-face about your concerns and hopes for the future. I am grateful for the support of so many concerned citizens who know Wyoming needs a leader in Washington who will fight to defend our energy industry, who will lead in defeating President Obama's war on coal, who will roll back the power of federal agencies like the EPA, who will defend Wyoming ranchers and farmers, and who will never compromise when our freedom is at stake."
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