Gibson heading into race with $900K
Redistricting may have created a slightly tougher relection bid: for U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, but his recent campaign finance filings show he is poised for a fight.
For the first quarter of 2012, which covers January, February and March, Gibson's campaign raised about $200,000 and now has about $900,000 it can spend.
This is a sharp contrast to the campaign finance filing of his likely Democratic challenger Julian Schreibman, who has about $200,000 on hand at the end of the period, which he raised almost evenly between contributions and a donation from himself.
A second Democratic candidate, Joel Tyner, did not submit financial information.
The contrast between Schreibman and Gibson demonstrates the advantage of being an incumbent, as the former has been raising money for less than three months and the latter headed into 2012 with about $700,000 already in the bank.
The two candidates are running in the 19th Congressional District, which includes Schoharie and part of Montgomery counties.
A breakdown of the candidates' filings are available below.