By Ashley Withers
WILMINGTON, NC (StarNewsOnline.com) — US Congressional candidate Jonathan Barfield will be starting from scratch financially for his new campaign – a tough start considering the high cost of successful federal campaigns.
The average successful House candidate spent around $1.4 million in the 2010 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. 2012 average data was not available at this time.
The high cost associated with running for federal office often pits newcomers against well-known incumbents and can put them at a substantial disadvantage for raising money.
"I'm working with consultants in D.C. and they said I will need to raise $500,000 to $1 million. I think that's very realistic," Barfield said. "…The timing is right now and more important for me, I'm working in God's favor. I've had every indication that this campaign is in God's plan and I won't need as much money as others."