Quayle outraises Schweikert in closely watched race

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- In one of the most closely watched political races in the country Congressman Ben Quayle raised more money than his opponent, Congressman David Schweikert.

Over the weekend, the two Republicans posted big fundraising totals for the previous three months, but it was Quayle who came out the winner.

The fundraising advantage may not give the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle an edge in the Aug. 28 primary as both campaigns have plenty of money left.

"The competitiveness of the fundraising...pretty well puts this race in a position where you have to say they both have enough money to duke it out even though one has more than the other," said veteran political consultant Earl de Berge.

According to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Quayle hauled in about $522,000 between April and June while Schweikert raised about $274,000.

Those same reports also show that both campaigns have enough cash to wage a tough campaign all the way through the Aug. 28 primary.

Quayle has about $1.1 million left over and Schweikert has about $860,000, according to the Federal Election Commission. With that kind of money and very few differences separating the candidates, de Berge expects this race to get ugly.

"It will reduce itself down to personality and record and they will try to characterize each other as the devil incarnate," he said Monday.

The two Republicans are set to face each other in a televised debate, Monday night, and declined to comment. But representative with both campaigns said they were pleased with the numbers.

Because the state overhauled the state's congressional map this year, the two lawmakers are squaring off for the Republican nomination in Arizona's new 6th Congressional District.

Of the money raised, it appears the Quayle is getting a lot of support from out-of-state donors.

Schweikert, on the other hand, appears to be getting a lot of donations from Arizona-based contributors.