8th District Democrat Tommy Sowers reports raising over $200,000 in the 3rd quarter for his bid to unseat Republican incumbent Jo Ann Emerson. Not bad, especially considering that he only had less than a month to raise that kind of money. It’s comparable to what Emerson raised in her last quarter (actually a tad more than her haul) and smashes the total fundraising that Emerson’s Democratic challengers hauled in the previous ten years combined.

Sowers is still behind in the money race, but it looks like he’ll be pulling in enough money to compete in the real race, which is to see who voters will cast their ballots for next year.

The full Sowers press release is below the jump.

Rolla, MO (October 13, 2009) – Today Tommy Sowers announced that his campaign will report a record $204,510 in campaign contributions for its first quarterly filing on 10/15.  A Democratic candidate for Missouri’s 8th Congressional District, Sowers officially entered the race just 21 days before the end of the third quarter. This filing exceeds the $146,312 raised in total by the last ten years of challengers to Jo Ann Emerson.  Contributions were received from over 400 supporters in 37 states, many of whom are current or former members of the military.

“I’m extremely humbled and grateful for the broad support. We’ve been working hard, talking to people across the district.   Time and again I hear the anger and frustration people feel as they work harder and harder but fall farther and farther behind.  Those voices and concerns are at the heart of why I’m running for Congress.  They know as I do, that the people of the 8th District deserve better, and we can do better.  This strong initial fundraising helps to ensure that my campaign has the resources we need to win.  But we can’t and won’t slow down now.  We know it’s going to be a long, tough fight.  I’m running against an incumbent who is a former insurance lobbyist who has always filled her campaign coffers with plenty of lobbyist dollars.”

Missouri Democratic Party Chair Craig Hosmer noted: “This is about the strongest support I’ve seen for a candidate – first timer or incumbent.  These numbers demonstrate peoples’ belief that a strong leader who served his country in the US Army is exactly the kind of leader we need to send to Congress to serve his fellow residents in the 8th District.”

On September 9th, 2009, Tommy Sowers filed his Statement of Organization with the Federal Election Commission.  For more information on the campaign and race, visit http://www.sowersforcongress.com.