Republicans are dominating fundraising in a field of 14 candidates seeking a vacant U.S. House seat in Louisiana.
State Sen. Neil Riser, one of five Republicans running for northeastern Louisiana’s 5th District seat in a special election Oct. 19, raised $561,000 through Sept. 29 from donors including Majority Leader Eric Cantor, according to reports filed yesterday with the Federal Election Commission.
Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House, donated $5,000 through his leadership political action committee. Reps. Steve Scalise, John Fleming and Charles Boustany of Louisiana also donated to Riser through their leadership PACs. Rep. Rodney Alexander, whose resignation last month triggered the special election, donated to Riser through his campaign committee.
Riser began the final three weeks of the first-round campaign with $210,000 cash-on-hand compare with $188,000 for state Rep. Jay Morris, whose $566,000 in receipts included a $295,000 personal loan. Morris received a donation from the Louisiana Bankers Association PAC.
Republican Clyde Holloway, who served in the House from 1987-93, took in $246,000, including a $112,000 personal loan. Holloway’s donors include ex-Rep. Bob Livingston, who served with Holloway in the House, and the Eagle Forum, an advocacy group led by Phyllis Schlafly. Holloway had $145,000 left in the bank.
Seven candidates, including Democratic state Rep. Marcus Hunter, either didn’t file fundraising reports electronically by yesterday’s deadline or weren’t required to because they’ve raised so few funds.
The 14 candidates, including independents and third-party hopefuls, will appear on a single ballot in the Oct. 19 election, which is unlikely to produce a majority-vote winner. The top two-vote getters, regardless of party affiliation, would compete in a Nov. 16 runoff.
Republicans are favored to hold Louisiana’s 5th, which gave Mitt Romney 61 percent of the vote in the 2012 election. Louisiana’s 5th is one of three vacancies in the House, which Republicans control by 232 to 200.