DeLay Reports Best Fundraising Quarter in Years

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Amid all of his ethical troubles, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) had no trouble raising $800,000 for his campaign over the last three months. That doesn't mean he's going to have an easy road though, according to Todd Gillman of the Dallas Morning News. He's opponent, newcomer Nick Lampson, who entered the race eight weeks ago, has raised $502,000.

Analysts anticipate a competitive and expensive race, with each side probably spending more than $5 million, not including funds raised and spent by outside interest groups.

"Tom DeLay can outraise and outspend anyone," said Robert Stein, dean of the School of Social Sciences at Rice University in Houston. "The truth is, should his problems get worse, it won't be Nick Lampson he's worried about."