Dem Randy Bryce’s campaign announced this morning he raised more than $1 million in the third quarter and has more than $1 million in the bank for his challenge of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Janesville.

Bryce’s campaign said it likely would be the best fundraising total for any challenger to a sitting member of Congress.

It’s also among the best hauls for a first-time House candidate in Wisconsin, particularly in an off year.

In 2016, Republican Mike Gallagher raised $846,763 during the third quarter, while Dem Tom Nelson pulled in $626,469 for that same three-month period. But both numbers were put up in the closing months of the election, typically the most productive fundraising time for a candidate. Meanwhile, Dem Steve Kagen collected more than $1 million during the fourth quarter of 2005. But that was largely out of his own pocket.

Combined with the $433,014 Bryce raised during the first month of his campaign, he’s now pulled in nearly $1.5 million.

Federal reports covering activity between July 1 and Sept. 30 are due to the FEC later this month.

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