First on NH1 News: Kuster tops $1 million in the bank for 2018 re-election campaign
Written by NH1 News Political Director Paul Steinhauser on .
CONCORD – Democratic Congresswoman Annie Kuster’s bringing in big bucks ahead of next year’s likely run for re-election.
NH1 News was first to report on Friday morning that the U.S. representative in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District raised just over $365,000 in the first three months of this year. That brings Kuster’s current campaign cash on hand to more than $1.3 million.
“I’m incredibly thankful for the grassroots support I’ve received from so many Granite Staters committed to building on the progress we’ve made in recent years," Kuster said in a statement. “As Republicans in Congress push their extreme agenda that threatens the healthcare of thousands of people in New Hampshire and work to put the interests of the few ahead of the many it’s more important than ever to stand strong on behalf of hardworking Granite Staters.”
The three-term congresswoman went on to say that she’s “committed to fighting to improve services for our veterans, increasing access to affordable education, and securing resources for those working to address the opioid addiction epidemic. I’m proud to represent New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District in Washington and I look forward to continuing to fight make New Hampshire an even better place to live and raise a family.”
The $365,000 Kuster raised in the first quarter of this year tops the $318,000 she brought in in the same time period in her 2014 re-election and the $354,000 she raked in during the first quarter of the first year of the 2016 campaign cycle.
Last November Kuster defeated GOP challenger and former state representative Jim Lawrence by a 50-45% margin, which was slightly closer than many pundits and polls had predicted.
Lawrence may be mulling another bid, as may former state Rep. Jack Flanagan, the former state House majority leader who came in second in last year’s GOP primary in the 2nd CD. Also considering a run is former state representative and current New Hampshire Young Republicans Chairman Joe Sweeney. Among the others possibly mulling campaigns is state Rep. J.R. Hoell , one of the leaders of the state House Freedom Caucus. And don’t rule out state Senate President Chuck Morse.