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Foster up, Lipinski behind in quarterly fundraising

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (left) lagged behind two of his primary opponents in third quarter fundraising, while U.S. Rep. Bill Foster maintains a strong lead over his rival.
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (left) lagged behind two of his primary opponents in third quarter fundraising, while U.S. Rep. Bill Foster maintains a strong lead over his rival.

The third-quarter fundraising numbers are in for area candidates for Congress ahead of the 2020 primary election.

During the quarter, two Democratic incumbents were in different spots relative to their primary opponents.

With still nearly six months to go before the Illinois primary election, Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, came in behind two of the candidates running to unseat him, while Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, held a healthy lead over his rival.

The third quarter lasted from July 1 through the end of September.

In the 3rd Congressional District, Lipinski raised $177,741, according to Federal Elections Commission records.

That total fell behind both La Grange businesswoman Marie Newman, who raised $351,326, and Rush Darwish, a Chicago small business owner, who raised $272,779.

In emails to their supporters, both Newman and Darwish touted their fundraising numbers. Newman said the totals “demonstrate that momentum is on our side.”

Still, Lipinski has more cash on hand, with $693,088. Newman is not far behind with $514,237, and Darwish has $318,113.

Republican candidate and Will County Board member Mike Fricilone raised $4,150 during the third quarter, with $775 of cash on hand.

In the 11th Congressional District, Foster, the incumbent, maintained a sizable lead in both the quarterly fundraising total and cash on hand against Will County Board member Rachel Ventura. Foster raised $240,568 in the third quarter, compared to Ventura’s $18,299. He also has considerably more cash on hand, with a little over $3.2 million after the quarter. Ventura has $4,768.

Other candidates’ campaign fundraising data can be found at FEC.gov.

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