U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, who said Monday he’s facing the “toughest race of my political career” next year, will again be outraised by his likely opponent when the next round of fundraising reports come out.
Grothman, R-Glenbeulah, told Wisconsin talk radio host Jay Weber this morning he’s “very apprehensive” about the showdown with Democrat Dan Kohl, the nephew of former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl.
Grothman said Kohl is “far ahead” of him in terms of campaign progress.
“Right now it’s kind of the calm before the storm,” he said. “The fundraising’s not going as well as I’d like.”
Kohl has outraised Grothman since entering the race this summer and will report raising more than $250,000 for the latest fundraising period, which ended Sept. 30. He’ll finish the period with $400,000 in cash on hand, according to campaign manager Rick Coelho.
Grothman raised just less than $135,000 in the third quarter and will report about $325,000 in cash on hand, spokeswoman Rachel VerVelde said. The fundraising figure is a bit below the roughly $140,000 he raised during the same period in 2015.
Kohl also outraised Grothman during the second quarter despite having only about three weeks to fundraise after announcing his candidacy. He raised $284,809 in June and finished the month with $245,115 in the bank.
Grothman, who had three months to ask for donations, raised $198,904 in that period and had $247,344 cash on hand. He had also listed $125,160 in outstanding debts from the money he lent his campaign for his 2014 bid.
Fundraising reports for the third quarter, which ran from July 1 to Sept. 30, are due on Sunday.
The 6th CD chapter of the progressive group Indivisible tweeted a plea Monday following the interview for resources to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, saying: “@dccc can we get a little help up here please??? We can do this but need resources!”
Grothman, meanwhile, predicted it could be a closely-watched race.
“When you talk nationwide about Republicans losing the House next time, this is one of the seats that’s going to be in play,” Grothman said on Weber’s show.
Listen to Grothman’s interview (it starts around 17:20):