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A Few Challengers Raised Big Money in 2009 Against Incumbents

Incumbents nearly always have the cash advantage on Election Day, but according to a Center for Responsive Politics review of campaign finance records, challengers in at least six congressional districts are out-raising their incumbent opposition.

NY01, Randy Altschuler (R-N.Y.) Challenger $1,049,149 vs. Timothy Bishop (D-N.Y.),Incumbent $949,295

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At the end of 2009, just one Democratic incumbent was out-raised by a Republican challenger.

Four-term Democratic incumbent Timothy Bishop (D-N.Y.), who won his 2008 contest by a 16-point margin. That year, Obama also carried his district. Four years earlier, however, Republican George W. Bush won the area by less than a single percentage point.

District: NY-O1; Challenger: Randy Altschuler; Total Raised in 2009: $1,049,149

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