SIOUX CITY — Democratic challenger J.D. Scholten outraised eight-term Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King and two other candidates running for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District seat in the most recent quarter.
Scholten, a former professional baseball player from Sioux City, said he raised more than $174,000 for the three-month period ending Dec. 31.
King brought in $87,543, according a report filed with the Federal Election Commission. The reports were due Wednesday.
King’s Republican challenger, Cyndi Hanson of Sioux City, reported campaign receipts of $5,771 for the quarter.
Scholten held a hefty advantage over his two Democratic opponents, Leann Jacobsen of Spencer, who raised $47,430 during the quarter, and John Paschen of Ames, who had $62,591 in receipts.
Paul Dahl, a bus driver from Webster City, has announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination, but his FEC candidate page listed no financial activity.
Scholten’s political director, Todd Prieb, said the fact that Scholten roughly doubled King’s money for the most recent quarter shows the 4th District seat is “absolutely in play for 2018.”
“At first, our focus was to get out on the road to engage with as many people as possible. At the time, people liked us simply because I wasn’t Steve King. Now we’re seeing the shift to people responding to our message of inclusiveness,” Scholten said in a news release.
The campaign noted Scholten had 2,700 individual donors, including contributions from all 39 counties in the district, plus all 50 states.
King’s campaign did not reply to an inquiry about the most campaign reports.
In his previous quarterly report, through Sept. 30, Scholten raised $39,756. For the year, he collected about $213,000.
King, who formerly owned an earth-moving construction business, edged Scholten for contributions in 2017, finishing with receipts of $246,592.
Jacobsen, a first-term Spencer City Council member, brought in a combined $92,504 for the year.
“We’re very excited to say that the majority of Leann’s contributions are from Iowans who live in Iowa and the majority of our contributions are from women. We are really seeing a lot of local grass-roots support for our campaign,” Jacobsen’s campaign manager, William McGee. said in a statement.
Year-end funds raised by Paschen, an Ames pediatrician, were not immediately available.
“To have this level of support for a new candidate is striking, and it shows people are really responding well to John’s message of making health care affordable, creating jobs and bringing civility back to the 4th District,” Pashen’s campaign manager, Ruth Lapointe, said in a statement.