Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., raised just north of $401,000 in his first full fundraising quarter in Congress, according to figures provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call.
The freshman will report having $334,000 in cash on hand and zero debt at the end of March, which marks the deadline to close the books on the first fundraising period of the year.
It’s a strong first showing for Davis, who represents a competitive district in downstate Illinois. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has indicated that it plans to target that seat as a pick-up opportunity in 2014.
House Democrats have actively searched for potential candidates in the 13th District, even feting a well-known circuit court judge
in Washington, D.C., over inauguration weekend.
But so far, not a single Democrat has announced a bid to challenge Davis. Other potential candidates who previously indicated interest in the race include Champaign Mayor Don Gerard and former Champaign County Board Member Brendan McGinty.
Last November, Davis defeated emergency room doctor David Gill by approximately 1,000 votes. It was Gill’s fourth bid for Congress.
Gill has not ruled out running again, much to the chagrin of national Democrats who continue to hunt for a stronger candidate.