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2020 Elections: Here’s who has raised the most money in Indiana's 5th District race - IndyStar North

Feb. 3, 2020 | Updated Feb. 3, 2020

For the second quarter in a row, Democrat Christina Hale raised more money than any Democrat or Republican running for the 5th Congressional District seat that Congresswoman Susan Brooks will be vacating.

In the last quarter of 2019, from October to December, the former state lawmaker raised just under $270,000, giving her a total of nearly $419,000 cash on hand.

On the Republican side, the biggest fundraisers relied on loans to their own campaigns. Chuck Dietzen, former chief of pediatric rehabilitation medicine at Riley Hospital for Children, raised more than $228,000, but that included a $120,000 loan to himself. Beth Henderson, a farmer and former nurse, raised almost $197,000, including a $79,600 loan to herself.

When not considering loans, Henderson received the most contributions this last quarter of all of the Republicans in the field.

Here’s how much other candidates filed with the Federal Elections Commission in the last quarter of the year:

Republican Kelly Mitchell: $84,299

Republican Kent Abernathy: $46,817

Democrat Dee Thornton: $12,968

Democrat Jennifer Christie: $11,279

Republican Matthew Hook: $10,610, including a $10,000 loan

Republican Micah Beckwith: $9,649

Republican Andrew Bales: $7,122, including a $5,854 loan

Democrat Andy Jacobs: $3,750

Hale’s ability to raise money has already helped her garner the attention and support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which added her to its "Red to Blue" program in the first round.

That drew criticism from Dee Thornton, who won the Democratic nomination in the 2018 general election.

“I also believe strongly that the DCCC shouldn't be picking winners and losers in a primary,” Thornton said in a statement. “The organization's decision to back a specific candidate appears to be rooted more in the candidate's fundraising than on an intimate understanding of the issues that matter most to voters.”

The Indiana primary is May 5.

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