His top challenger is former Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach, a GOP recruit. Fischbach has tried to tie Peterson to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one of his longtime friends, and argues that the district needs a representative who will back Trump’s policies.
Fischbach raised more than $364,000 in the last quarter of 2019, setting a record for a Republican in the district in a non-election year.
Peterson is one of few remaining rural Democrats in Washington, and has built a reputation as a brash straight shooter not afraid to buck his own party. He was one of two Democrats to vote against impeaching Trump. Speculation has been mounting about his reelection plans.
Peterson raised $106,000 from PACs and $51,725 from individuals in the fourth quarter of 2019.
His campaign spending so far has been minimal. But he did pay $20,500 for a firm to conduct polling in December.