Other outside groups spending on the race include the Future Leaders Fund, which spent $16,000 supporting Bice. Conservative Outsider PAC and Freedomworks for America spent $34,000 and $2,500 respectively on Neese’s behalf.
Bice emerges with less than $100,000 on hand as of Aug. 5. Horn, the surprise 2018 winner of what had been considered a safe Republican seat, had $2.6 million in the bank at the end of June and was already on the airwaves with ads featuring Republican supporters.
Money is already flowing into the November race, with groups from both sides reserving millions of dollars in airtime for ads this fall in the Oklahoma City market. After winning by just 1point in a district Trump carried by 14 points in 2016, Horn is one of the 10 most vulnerable House members running this year. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the general election a Toss-up.
After Bice’s victory, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a poll taken Aug. 5 to 9 that showed Horn leading Bice 51 percent to 46 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
“Over the past year, Stephanie Bice has shown the people of the 5th Congressional District that her priorities are all wrong,” DCCC Chairman Cheri Bustos said in a statement.