The man with the 'stache is far ahead in the fundraising race, new campaign finance reports show.
In a recent fundraising email, Grijalva said: “You and I both know campaign season starts early these days, and I want to hit the ground running this year.”
Grijalva’s fourth quarter donors include labor groups, Native American tribes and major local Dem donors Bill and Alice Roe.
Grijalva's campaign raised $78,323 in the fourth quarter of 2013 and spent most of it in the same time period.
Saucedo Mercer raised $5,795, and she spent that and more.
Zooming out a bit, Grijalva raised nearly $14 for every $1 Saucedo Mercer raised in all of 2013.
Saucedo Mercer could just be off to a slow start, or it could be a sign Republicans are even less interested in mostly Democratic District 3 this year than they were in 2012 as they focus their attention on other tight races in Southern Arizona. (Updates on the fundraising scenes in District 1 and District 2 are coming soon.)
In a recent fundraising email, Grijalva said: “Republicans and their Daddy Warbucks Super PACs are running ads all over the country trying to scare people into voting against their own interests. I don't even want them to think Southern Arizona is a target.”
The newest candidate in the race, Republican Miguel Olivas, hasn’t filed a campaign finance report yet. But he recently launched an online fundraising campaign at Rally.org, using an emotional story about the military veterans in his family as his sales pitch.