Democratic candidate Randy Bryce, who is trying to defeat Speaker Paul Ryan in his Wisconsin congressional district in next year's election, has raised more than $1.5 million in the third quarter, Politico reported Monday.
He also reportedly has more than $1 million cash on hand, with contributions to his campaign averaging about $25.
Bryce, who announced he would run for Congress over the summer and who must first compete against two other candidates in the district's Democratic primary early next year, reportedly raised more than $430,000 in the first 12 days of his campaign, The Hill reported.
Bryce is a progressive union worker, cancer survivor, and Army veteran who has presented himself as someone who wants to take on powerful special interests in Washington, according to The Daily Cardinal.
He has received the support of some Democrats who believe that he is the type of populist underdog who can attract voters.
This has been translated into early endorsements from progressive groups like the Working Families Party, Democracy for America, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and unions in both the public and private sectors.
"I'm not trying to be anything I'm not," Bryce told the Cardinal. "I think we need more people like us, that aren't millionaires, that aren't born with a silver spoon in their mouth, to make decisions for us."
However, Ryan is a formidable foe, as he has served Wisconsin's First District for nearly two decades and hasn't faced a serious challenge since his election in 1999. He won 65 percent of the vote last year and has $11.1 million in cash on hand.
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