U.S. Rep. Jared Golden reported raising just over $450,000 in the final quarter of 2021 ahead of a likely rematch with former Rep. Bruce Poliquin later this year.
It brings Golden’s total fundraising this cycle to more than $2 million, or roughly $650,000 more than the two-term Democratic congressman raised at this time during his last campaign. That signals an expensive contest likely to come after Golden narrowly defeated Poliquin in 2018.
Golden also reported $1.4 million cash on hand as of Dec. 31. His campaign released numbers Thursday afternoon ahead of a Monday reporting deadline with the Federal Election Commission.
A spokesperson for Poliquin said the former Republican congressman’s campaign was not planning to release numbers prior to the deadline. Poliquin raised nearly $900,000 through Sep. 30 after announcing his campaign last summer and had spent very little at that point.
The 2018 race between Golden and Poliquin set spending records in Maine, with the candidates and outside groups spending a combined more than $23 million, according to OpenSecrets, a nonprofit that tracks campaign finance. That total was soon surpassed by Maine’s 2020 U.S. Senate race, though it remains the most spent on a U.S. House race in Maine history.
A rematch could attract similar funds as national Republicans have identified Maine’s 2nd District as a top target in 2022 after former President Donald Trump won it twice.
Two other Republicans, Liz Caruso of Caratunk and Garrett Swazey of Bangor, are also taking on Poliquin in a primary. Neither had reported campaign finance figures as of Thursday evening.