October 16, 2012
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn isn’t paying much attention to his four challengers.
At least that’s what it looks like in the campaign finance reports filed Monday.
Lamborn has spent $39,000 since June in the Congressional District 5 race compared with the $661,000 he spent in the six months before, when he was embroiled in a heated primary with businessman Robert Blaha.
None of his opponents came close to his fundraising, though independent Dave Anderson — Lamborn’s strongest challenger — has slightly outspent him over the past several months.
Anderson spent $45,000 from June to October, about $6,000 more than â€¨ Lamborn.
Anderson has raised $106,000 during the election cycle but has spent $204,000. The difference has been made up with loans. Anderson loaned his own campaign nearly $112,000.
Libertarian James Pirtle, also running against Lamborn, has raised $440. American Constitution Party candidate Kenneth Harvell and Green Party candidate Misha Luzov have not filed finance reports with the Federal Election Commission.
Anderson’s campaign still has $10,000 left in the bank, but his campaign isn’t counting on money to win. Anderson isn’t worrying about money, said spokesman Jason Christensen, because he knows they can’t win with dollars.
“We’ve just concentrated on an effective campaign and ground game,” said Christensen.
Their strategy is to appeal to as broad a base as possible.
“We’ve had some Romney folks and some Obama folks who are carrying for us,” Christensen said, referring to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.
Lamborn could not be reached for comment.
Regardless of the Anderson campain strategy, Lamborn will win, said Josh Dunn, associate professor of political science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
“It’s over,” Dunn said. “It’s like the Old South. Whoever wins the primary of the party, that’s who wins the election.”
There are 167,000 independent voters and 107,000 Democrats in CD5, but that’s not enough, Dunn said.
“You win in the 5th District, and it’s basically a union card. You can’t get fired,” Dunn said, referring to the 205,000 Republicans in CD5.
There would have to be “some explosive revelation” about Lamborn for Anderson to win, Dunn said.
And that hasn’t happened.
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