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Then-congressional candidate Jason Crow at a meeting of campaign  canvassers at Hinkley High School in Aurora on in October 2018.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Jason Crow raised just under $500,000 for the first quarter of 2019 as the Aurora Democrat prepares to run for re-election in a battleground district already targeted by national Republicans, Colorado Politics has learned.

Crow, who isn't accepting contributions from corporate political action committees, plans to report taking in $490,000, with $473,000 cash on hand, for the three-month period ending March 31. His campaign said two-thirds of the donations are from Colorado residents, with 74 percent under $100.

The attorney and Army veteran unseated five-term U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in November by 11 percentage points, marking the first time a Democrat has been elected to the suburban 6th Congressional District.

“Jason came to Congress on the promise to stand up to the special interests, fight for gun violence prevention, and make progress on climate change, and he’s already begun delivering on that promise. Our strong fundraising numbers are a reflection of that," said campaign spokeswoman Anne Feldman in a statement.

Crow's fundraising total nearly matches the record haul for a Colorado congressional candidate during the first quarter of an off-year. It falls short of the $519,000 Coffman raised during the first three months of 2013 and the $514,000 brought in for the same period by Coffman's 2013 Democratic challenger, Andrew Romanoff.

In February, the National Republican Congressional Committee included Crow in a list of "vulnerable Democrats [who] represent prime pick-up opportunities for Republicans," though a GOP challenger has yet to emerge.

Campaign finance reports for federal races are due to the Federal Election Commission by April 15. Crow’s detailed report wasn’t yet available.

As a first-time candidate in 2018, Crow raised $5.7 million for his run against Coffman, who raised $3.7 million for the cycle.

Candidate spending in the swing district was dwarfed by outside groups, who poured more than $16 million into the race, making it the most expensive congressional race in Colorado history.

The Aurora-based 6th District wraps around the eastern side of the Denver metro area, including portions of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

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