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Lots of people thought that Michael Skelly (D) would be a long shot against incumbent John Culberson (R) for the 7th Congressional district of Texas. He started with little name recognition but quickly made national news by out-fundraising the incumbent fairly early in the race.

Skelly has even more good news to report today... More after the jump...

Michael Skelly has just reported that he is ending the second quarter of 2008 with more than $1 million cash on hand. Yep, that's right -- he didn't just raise a million, he's got a million leftover from the work he's been doing. He is ready to fight for this seat (and you can help too).

This from the campaign:

The Skelly for Congress campaign announced today that Michael Skelly brought in $612,000 in the second quarter of 2008.  That number includes a $200,000 contribution from Skelly himself.  The campaign has over one million dollars cash on hand.

"Our fundraising success is the product of a broad base of grassroots support and a growing excitement about the campaign," said Skelly Campaign Manager Greg Leifer. "We will have the resources to tell Houston voters about Michael’s background as a successful wind energy businessman, and his vision for a balanced approach to energy issues."

Skelly received 1,079 total contributions.  Of those, 98.7% came from individuals with an average donation of $376.  His contributors represent strong bipartisan support, with people all across the political spectrum.

I've been saying for quite a while that this is a race to watch, and sure enough about a month ago, it was added to the DCCC list of emerging races. The Swing State Project also has this race in their Races to Watch list.

Originally posted to dawnt on Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 11:10 AM PDT.

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  •  Tips, etc (11+ / 0-)

    John McCain traded your $10 job for $5 and called it a bargain.

    by dawnt on Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 11:13:18 AM PDT

  •  This is the richest congessional district (0+ / 0-)

    in the entire country!  These are the most patrician of Republicans.  George Bush won the district by nearly 30 points in 2004.  Culberson won the last time by over 20.

    It would be an enormous upset to pull this one off.  Of all 435 congressional districts out there, this is the one that has been hurt the least by the economy being in the tank.  I am enthused for Skelly but there is so much to do here.

    We must love one another and die.

    by Tybalt on Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 11:24:33 AM PDT

    •  Not even in the top 50. (3+ / 0-)
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      •  Oh, really? (0+ / 0-)

        That's disappointing.  I was passing along something I read elsewhere, and didn't think to try to research it.

        Maybe there's an even better chance than I am thinking!

        We must love one another and die.

        by Tybalt on Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 11:46:47 AM PDT

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      •  Specifically: (3+ / 0-)
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        TX-7:

        Median Household income: 57,846
        Median Family income: 74,975

        Districts with higher median household incomes: TX-3, TX-22, CA-3, CA-4, CA-6, CA-7, CA-8, CA-10, CA-11, CA-12, CA-13, CA-14, CA-15, CA-16, CA-24, CA-25, CA-26, CA-30, CA-36, CA-40, CA-42, CA-44, CA-46, CA-48, CA-50, CA-52, CO-2, CO-6, CT-2, CT-4, CT-5, FL-22, GA-6, GA-7, GA-8, HI-1, HI-2, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-13, IL-14, IN-5, KS-3, MD-1, MD-3, MD-4, MD-5, MD-6, MD-8, MA-3, MA-4, MA-5, MA-6, MA-7, MA-9, MA-10, MI-9, MI-11, MN-2, MN-3, MN-6, MO-2, NV-3, NH-1, NH-2, NJ-3, NJ-4, NJ-5, NJ-6, NJ-7, NJ-9, NJ-11, NJ-12

        Districts with higher median family incomes: AZ-5, CA-3, CA-6,  CA-10, CA-11, CA-12, CA-13, CA-14, CA-15, CA-16, CA-24, CA-26, CA-30, CA-42, CA-46, CA-48, CA-50, CA-52, CO-6, CT-2, CT-4, CT-5, GA-6, GA-7, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-13, MD-3, MD-4, MD-5, MD-6, MD-8, MA-3, MA-4, MA-5, MA-6, MA-7, MA-9, MA-10, MI-9, MI-11, MN-2, MN-3, MN-6, MO-2, NJ-3, NJ-4, NJ-5, NJ-6, NJ-7, NJ-9, NJ-11, NJ-12

        Okay, that's more than 50 districts with both higher median household and median family incomes, without even having to search NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI or WY

        •  Yep. We live in 7 (1+ / 0-)
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          and we're way below median. We got lucky and bought our house in '99 at well below what the sellers wanted. Fortunately, they were in a hurry to move and nobody else was making an offer at that time. Just lucky.

          **Four months until the general election.**
          Just a reminder for those who have other priorities.

          by Spathiphyllum on Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 01:16:56 PM PDT

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  •  I'd be intrigued to find polling on this race. (2+ / 0-)
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    The Cook PVI is R+16, according to Wikipedia.

    •  That's about right (1+ / 0-)
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      If my memory is correct, I think the best (as in best case scenario, not best quality) polling I've seen has Skelly down by 13. I'm going to keep watching this one, though. Skelly is turning out to be a good candidate, and I would love to see a nice "safe"  seat like this become more competitive.

      John McCain traded your $10 job for $5 and called it a bargain.

      by dawnt on Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 11:32:58 AM PDT

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