Jason Crow Aurora town hall

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, D-Aurora, answers a question at a town hall in Aurora on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.

Aurora U.S. Rep. Jason Crow raised $440,000 for the final quarter of 2019, bolstering the freshman Democrat’s massive war chest heading into the election year in Colorado’s lone battleground seat.

Crow, who isn’t accepting contributions from corporate political action committees, ended the year with $1.4 million in the bank after raising just over $1.8 million for the cycle, his campaign told Colorado Politics.

“We’re proud of our grassroots support,” said Crow campaign manger Michael Whitehorn.

More than 70% of contributions to Crow’s campaign last year were in amounts under $25, he added.

Campaign finance reports for federal races are due to the Federal Election Commission by Jan. 31. Crow’s detailed report wasn’t yet available.

The Aurora attorney and Army veteran unseated five-term Republican Mike Coffman in 2018 by 11 percentage points, becoming the first Democrat to represent the suburban 6th Congressional District.

Crow’s numbers dwarf the fundraising totals at the same point in the last cycle, when Coffman finished the year before the election with $839,047 in the bank at the same time Crow reported $590,346 on hand.

As a first-time candidate, Crow raised $5.7 million for his 2018 run against Coffman, who raised $3.7 million for the cycle. Outside spending, however, topped $16 million in what turned out to be the most expensive congressional race in state history.

Steve House, a former Colorado GOP chairman and the leading Republican running against Crow, took in just over $200,000 and reported $190,718 on hand for the quarter ending Sept. 30 but hasn’t released his end-of-year fundraising totals.

The other Republican actively running to challenge Crow is motivational speaker Casper Stockham, who ran twice unsuccessfully against U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette in the neighboring Denver-based 1st Congressional District. He reported raising $8,613 for the third quarter and had $275 on hand but has yet to release his totals for the fourth quarter.

Early last year, the National Republican Congressional Committee included Crow on a list of “vulnerable Democrats (who) represent prime pick-up opportunities for Republicans.”

House was named in October to the NRCC’s “On the Radar” program for GOP challengers who meet benchmarks for fundraising, organizing and political support in competitive districts.

The Aurora-based 6th District wraps around the eastern side of the Denver metro area, including portions of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties. Unaffiliated voters account for 39.7% of the swing district’s registered voters, followed by Democrats at 31% and Republicans at 27.6%.

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