Dan Bishop’s fundraising leads 10 in GOP House race

Tulips bloom at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, April 16, 2019, as Congress is away on a two week district work period. President Donald Trump implored Congress this week, via Twitter, to end its April recess to work on an immigration overhaul bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

RALEIGH — Federal Elections Commission reports show State Sen. Dan Bishop of Charlotte collected $130,717 from individuals in the year’s first quarter on top of $250,000 loan he made to his campaign. Bishop reported Monday that his campaign had $380,000 on hand at the end of March.

Bishop leads fundraising among the 10 Republicans seeking a congressional seat left vacant because the State Board of Elections voided last November’s contest.

Former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour was second among Republicans, raising nearly $64,000 and holding more than $62,000 in cash as a May primary for the 9th Congressional District looms.

Democrat Dan McCready faces no primary opponent but raised $1.5 million in the quarter.

A new election was ordered after a political operative for McCready’s previous Republican opponent collected mail-in ballots last November.