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Vernon raises nearly $1.3 million for Iowa 1st District race

Monica Vernon, Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman and Democratic hopeful for Iowa’s U.S. House 1st District, speaks on Tuesday, January, 21, 2014, at Cedar Rapids Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa during the Democratic Caucus. (Justin Wan/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Iowa 1st District Democratic congressional hopeful Monica Vernon raised more than $335,000 during the first quarter on 2016, bringing her fundraising total for the 2016 cycle to $1,285,000.

With two months until the June 7 primary that will decide whether Vernon or former Dubuque legislator Pat Murphy faces incumbent GOP Rep. Rod Blum, Vernon has $774,000 cash on hand.

“These numbers show that Monica has the momentum to win,” said Vernon campaign manager Michelle Gajewski. “Every day our supporters across the district are knocking on doors, making phone calls and speaking with voters about why Monica is the best choice to represent northeast Iowa in Congress. She’s the only Democratic candidate building the campaign it’s going to take to win this district back for Iowa’s hardworking families.”

Vernon had almost 8,000 contributions coming from nearly 5,000 individual contributors.

Murphy and Blum have not reported their fundraising numbers. The freshman incumbent had raised more than $1 million at the end of 2015, according to Federal Election Commission numbers. Murphy’s total was $147,339.