Bill Cook (R) is stepping down from his admirable tenure representing district 1. The district on the ballot for November is more Democrat-friendly than the one Cook has been serving.
State Rep. Bob Steinburg (R) is seeking to move up to the state senate. He’s a known quantity in the area who came out on top in a very nasty May primary.
The latest fundraising numbers are out. According to disclosure reports on file with the state, the Steinburg campaign raised $48,417.50 for the second quarter of 2018. However, his Democrat challenger Cole Phelps reports raising $73,788.04 for the same period.
Even though the seat is open, Steinburg — as a sitting House member — is basically the incumbent here. Once again, it IS unusual for a sitting member of the majority party to be outraised by a challenger from the minority party.