Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth and Raja Krishnamoorthi are in a tight fundraising race as they vie for the Democratic nomination for the 8th congressional district. Krishnamoorthi has raised $726,184 and reportedly has $635,997 cash on hand, according to filings with the Federal Elections Commission. During the third quarter, Krishnamoorthi raise more than $313,000.
“Voters prefer candidates rooted in their community who will fight for them day in and day out to create jobs and stand up for the middle class in Washington,” Krishnamoorthi said in a statement. “As president of a small business, I am the only candidate running for Congress in the 8th District of Illinois with first-hand economic experience creating jobs and meeting a payroll. Equipped with this economic background, I am running to serve the people of my district, not to cater to the ways of Washington.”
Duckworth raised more than Krishnamoorth in the third quarter, raising almost $477,000.
"I am honored by the overwhelming support from so many people," said Duckworth. "In these economic times it’s especially humbling to know that thousands of people believe so strongly in what we are doing that they are willing to donate to my campaign. With a do-nothing Congress that just stopped President Obama’s Jobs Bill without a vote, now more than ever we need people in Washington who will stand up for our values and get things done so that we can fix our economy.”