BOISE – U.S. House hopeful Raul Labrador’s cash-strapped campaign has moved to downtown Boise to conserve resources, setting up a new headquarters outside the congressional district he wants to represent.
The penny-saving move underscores Labrador’s difficulty in fundraising compared to his Democratic rival, U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick, who has more than $1 million on hand and holds a 16 to 1 cash advantage.
Labrador, a two-term Republican state lawmaker, opened his campaign headquarters in Eagle in June, a month after he upset decorated Iraq veteran Vaughn Ward to clinch the Idaho primary in late May.
Labrador is now challenging Minnick for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District seat, though his new campaign home is in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District.
Labrador’s camp reported about $68,700 in cash on hand in mid-July.