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SIOUX CITY -- The three Democratic candidates looking to defeat U.S. Rep. Steve King collected more than $300,000 in campaign contributions over the last three months, with J.D. Scholten, for the second straight quarter, alone outraising King.

Scholten raised $211,122 for the first three months of the year through March 31, compared to King's $124,217 for the period, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, which were due Sunday.

The other two Democrats in the race also filed reports. Leann Jacobsen, who serves on the Spencer City Council, raised $83,914 during the quarter, and John Paschen, a doctor from Ames, brought in $20,647.

In the prior three-month period, Scholten, a former professional baseball player from Sioux City, raised more than $174,000, while King, a Republican from Kiron, brought in $87,543.

In one other measurement from the reports, once expenses are subtracted from campaign revenues, Scholten also has the lead in cash on hand. Scholten had $271,098 available as of March 31, while King had $76,034 cash on hand. Jacobsen had $64,713 and Paschen had $54,666.

In a release, Scholten's campaign said his quarterly revenues came from 4,400 contributions by more than 3,400 individual donors.

"As a first-time working class candidate, fundraising isn’t easy. To significantly outraise an eight-term incumbent for two consecutive quarters reflects how hard I am willing to work for people of the 4th Congressional District of Iowa," Scholten said.

A King campaign representative declined comment on the new FEC reports.

For all of 2017, King edged Scholten for contributions, finishing with $246,592.

The three Democrats are competing to win the June 5 primary election to become the party's nominee. King, who was first elected in 2002, has mostly won re-election handily in the heavily Republican 4th District. For the second straight year, he faces a primary challenge from a member of his own party.

In 2016, King defeated Republican state Sen. Rick Bertrand of Sioux City. This year, King faces Republican Cyndi Hanson. A college administrator from Sioux City, Hanson had not filed a FEC report by midday Monday.

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