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Shays’ Foe Has Raised About $600K This Cycle

Jim Himes (D), the former investment banker who is seeking to unseat Rep. Christopher Shays (R), announced Wednesday that he raised more than $250,000 in the third fundraising quarter for a total of $600,000 raised so far this cycle. Himes’ campaign said he had about $535,000 in cash on hand on Sept. 30, including a little more than $5,000 in in-kind contributions from the candidate himself, mostly for travel expenses.

Shays’ campaign said the incumbent’s fundraising numbers will not be ready to be released until this weekend.

Himes has received financial support from House Democratic leadership, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.). The other announced Democratic candidate, attorney Lee Whitnum, did not respond to a request Wednesday for her fundraising information.

Shays is the only remaining Republican Representative in New England after the 2006 elections removed many of his colleagues from office.

— Shira Toeplitz

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