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So you’re telling me there’s a chance …

 

Jaime Herrera Beutler

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, has $766, 215 cash-on-hand to defend her seat in Congress, according to her 2014 quarterly report.

Her Republican challenger Michael Delavar has $5,360.

Delavar isn’t sweating it.

Michael Delavar, candidate for U.S. representative in Washington's 3rd District.

“Conventional wisdom dictates that the incumbent candidate with the most money is the sure winner,” he said in a statement.

But the stunning and unexpected blow that ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor this week by a Tea Party rival who had nowhere near the same level of funding has inspired some, including Delavar.

Delavar said he believes it will help his odds in defeating Herrera Beutler.

 

 

He sent out a press release congratulating David Brat on his victory in Virginia over Cantor, noting Brat was outspent by “more than 20 times.”

When Delavar was asked if he considered himself a member of the Tea Party, here’s how he responded:

“The Tea Party can mean many things to many people. Taxed enough already? Yes, I believe so too. Think that government is too big? Yes I believe that. Disappointed in the two major parties. Yes, I am too. Our elected officials should have allegiance to the constitution, not parties,” Delavar wrote.

 

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake covers politics for The Columbian. You can reach her at 360-735-4534 or lauren.dake@columbian.com. Follow her on Twitter .

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