Iraq War veteran Rob Miller, the Democratic candidate against Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), has officially passed the $1 million mark in fundraising in the time since Wilson’s “You lie!” outburst during President Obama’s speech to Congress.
The Miller campaign has just made the announcement of his big haul, which came from over 25,000 individual contributors. “We will put this generous support to work to restore common-sense leadership to Washington, create jobs, and stand up for men and women in uniform,” Miller said in the press release. “If there was ever a time to put bickering and name calling aside and be part of the solution, it’s now.”
Wilson defeated Miller in 2008 by a margin of 54%-46%, which was much closer than Wilson’s previous races. A new poll has given Miller a one-point edge in the wake of the “You lie” incident, with 44% to Wilson’s 43%.
Still, it’s a long time between now and November 2010, and Wilson should probably be able to take in quite a bit of cash himself. It’s going to be a fun race!
Late Update: The NRCC announced today that Wilson himself has raised over $700,000. So there’s definitely a market out there for “You lie!”