Politics & Government

Barr challenger raises $100,000 in 4th quarter

Elisabeth Jensen, a Democrat vying to challenge U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in November in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District, raised $100,000 in the final fundraising quarter of 2013, her campaign said Wednesday. Jensen, director of the Lexington-based Race for Education, said she raised $325,000 in 2013 and loaned her campaign an additional $100,000 in the fourth quarter. Her campaign has about $245,000 in cash on hand.

Although Jensen almost doubled what she raised in the third quarter, she continues to face a significant fundraising gap against Barr, R-Lexington. Barr has not yet reported his end-of-year totals, but he raised $265,000 in the third quarter and finished with a little more than $780,000 in cash on hand.

Lexington retiree Geoff Young also is seeking the Democratic nomination. Lexington businessman Joe Palumbo withdrew from the race in early November. The 6th District covers 19 Central Kentucky counties.

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