Washington – Connecticut’s incumbents continued to outpace their challengers in campaign fundraising for this election cycle, according to the latest reports with the Federal Elections Commission.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, has raised nearly $1.5 million, while rival Republican Clay Cope, Sheman’s first selectman, has pulled in a little more than $61,000. A third candidate in the race, independent John Pistone, did not raise or spend the $5,000 threshold required by the FEC to file a campaign finance report.

Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, has raised more than $1.1 million, while his GOP challenger, businessman Matthew Corey, has raised less than $9,000.

But it is Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, who leads the Connecticut delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives in fundraising.

Himes has raised almost $1.7 million in this election cycle and ended the reporting period with $2.1 million in his war chest, while his challenger, state Rep. John Shaban, raised $91,414.

In the 3rd congressional district, Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro has raised $814,000 while her GOP rival, Angel Cadena, has not reached the $5,000 threshold necessary to file a report with the FEC.

Following the trend of incumbency advantage, Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, has also outpaced his rivals in amassing political cash.

Courtney raised more than $850,000, while the Republican vying for his seat, Daria Novak, raised $24,638.

Another candidate in the race, libertarian Daniel Reale, has not reported raising any money.

Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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