Peters outraises James in 2019 for U.S. Senate battle

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Updated, 7:15 a.m., 2/16/20

Michigan will host some of the most closely watched down-ballot races in November, including a U.S. Senate contest and some House races that could be tight. 

Overall, freshman U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) raised $11.7 million through the end of December and ended the year with $8 million in the bank. His GOP challenger, businessman John James, raised $8.2 million so far this cycle and closed 2019 with $6 million cash on hand. 

But notably, James outraised Peters in the last three months of 2019; the Republican raised $3.5 million compared to Peters’ $2.5 million haul. 

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Here’s a look at the House races expected to be most competitive: 

3rd District

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) is facing a tough reelection battle after he split with the GOP and voted for Trump’s impeachment. Amash ended 2019 with $722,000 in the bank — more than any of his competitors. 

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash speaks at Railtown Brewing in Dutton | Nick Manes

Amash also outraised his Republican and Democratic rivals in the fourth* quarter of 2019. Amash raised about $595,000, outpacing Republicans Peter Meijer ($313,000 with $75,000 from the candidate himself) and state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis (R-Grand Rapids Twp.) ($113,000 including $11,000 from the candidate). 

Democrats Hillary Scholten and Nick Colvin raised about $124,000 and $101,000, respectively. 

6th District 

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) raised about $335,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019 and ended with $834,000 in the bank

State Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) raised $208,000 in the fourth quarter and ended the year with $247,000 cash on hand. 

8th District

Freshman U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) is among the top House fundraisers so far in the 2020 cycle, pulling in more than $3 million so far. 

Rep. Elissa Slotkin talks to reporters after her town hall at Oakland University | Laina G. Stebbins

She hauled in about $1.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 and ended the year with about $2.9 million in the bank.

She’s facing competition from a handful of Republicans, all of whom trail far behind her in fundraising. But those campaigns are likely to get much more active this year as Republicans focus on their efforts to oust Slotkin in the competitive district.  

The top fundraiser so far among Slotkin’s competitors is Paul Junge, a former Lansing TV anchor, who raised $273,000 in the fourth quarter, including a $125,000 loan from the candidate himself. He closed 2019 with about $235,000 in the bank. 

10th District

Several Republicans have jumped into the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Paul Mitchell (D-Dryden). 

Businesswoman Lisa McClain is leading the cash race, with $489,000 raised in the last quarter, including $250,000 from herself. She had $418,000 in the bank at the end of 2019. 

She’s followed by state Rep. Shane Hernandez (R-Port Huron), who raised $275,000 in the fourth quarter, including $12,000 in self financing. 

Democrat Kimberly Ann Bizon ended the year with $25,000 in the bank. 

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11th District

Freshman U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) — another top House fundraiser — ended 2019 with more than $2 million in the bank after raising $573,000 in the last quarter of the year. 

Republican attorney Eric Esshaki, the top GOP fundraiser running for the seat, raised $168,000 in the fourth quarter, including a $50,000 loan from himself. He closed the year with $164,000 on hand. 

* Correction: The quarter that Amash outraised his rivals is the fourth period.