Oregon Democrat Rep. Peter DeFazio Outraised by Republican Candidate in Third Quarter Ahead of Tough Midterm Battle

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., gavels in his panel to work on the reconciliation markup, part of President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion domestic rebuilding plan, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Vulnerable Democrat Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) was outraised by Republican candidate and Army National Guard veteran Alek Skarlatos by nearly $200,000 in the third quarter, signaling a tough midterm battle ahead for the incumbent.

During the last filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), DeFazio’s filing showed the incumbent Democrat could only raise $316,074.98 during the third quarter, but he has $1,325,913.89 cash on hand. However, Skarlatos during the third quarter raised close to $200,000 more than the incumbent during the same amount of time.

Skarlatos was able to raise $515,752.58 according to his filing, leaving him with only 334100.28 cash on hand. The Army National Guard veteran looking for a rematch against DeFazio — only missing elected office by a near 5.3 percent — signals a tough race ahead for DeFazio, with Skarlatos putting up good fundraising numbers.

Though DeFazio currently has more cash in hand, in the last election, during the last cycle, in the fundraising quarter leading up to the election, the incumbent was outraised by $1.2 million from Skarlatos and, at that point, outspent by nearly $1 million in the same quarter.

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone (C), and Anthony Sadler (R) embrace alongside Army Specialist Alek Skarlatos (L) after they received awards for their roles in disarming a gunman on a Paris-bound train last month during a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, September 17, 2015. Stone received the Airman's Medal and a Purple Heart, Skarlatos received the Soldier's Medal and Sadler received the Department of Defense Medal for Valor. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Army Specialist Alek Skarlatos (L) alongside Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone (C) and Anthony Sadler (R) received awards for their roles in disarming a gunman on a Paris-bound train September 17, 2015. Stone received the Airman’s Medal and a Purple Heart, Skarlatos received the Soldier’s Medal and Sadler received the Department of Defense Medal for Valor. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

“I can’t outspend him. We can’t even match him. He raised more money in a quarter than I’ve ever raised in a year in my life. But we can outwork him,” DeFazio told Politico at the time.

A recent report from Politico stated that while Democrats used to have a fundraising advantage over Republicans, “House Democrats lost their fundraising advantage.”

The report noted that after years of the Democrats House candidates rejoicing over their ability to raise money — which also helped the party win them the majority — they are now falling behind Republicans. Politico added, “Republicans are easily keeping pace, thanks to an army of energized small-dollar donors.”

National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Courtney Parella said in a statement, “Peter DeFazio’s decades in Congress are coming to an end. It’s clear Oregon voters will do anything to defeat him in November 2022.”

The Politico report added, at this point in the last cycle, “at least” 49 Democrats raised over $500,000 in the third quarter, compared to “at least” 23 Republicans. This election cycle, “at least” 48 Republicans reached the threshold, compared to “at least” 45 Democrats.

DeFazio has also been a close confidant to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), as he has voted with her 96 percent of the time, voting different on only three votes. Doing so, he has helped Pelosi enact policies from the Biden-Pelosi agenda.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter.

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