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The incumbents » GOP Reps. Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz were the only candidates who filed in their respective districts and both reported modest fundraising totals.

Bishop, who represents the 1st Congressional District collected $42,000 in contributions and has $88,500 in his account, and that’s after he gave $15,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, the group that supports House GOP candidates.

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Chaffetz, from the 3rd Congressional District, raised $63,000 and spent $146,000 (including money left over from previous months). That leaves him with $131,000 to spend on his re-election bid.

House District 2 » This is a wide open race, loaded with GOP challengers and a few jumped in so recently they don’t have to file yet, like former state House Speaker Dave Clark. Five Republicans did file.

Jason Buck, a former professional football player, raised $96,000 from a small group of friends, most of whom gave the maximum amount allowed by law and he has that same amount to spend on the race.

Cherilyn Eagar, who ran for Senate in 2010, raised $53,000, but her campaign ended the quarter with about $38,000 in debt.

Chris Stewart, an energy consultant, pumped $84,000 of his own money into the campaign and raised another $24,600. He had $105,000 to spend at the end of the year.

Howard Wallack, a Park City native who owns Wallack Freight Lines, raised $106,000 and loaned his campaign another $9,700. He ended the fourth quarter with $85,000 available.

Chuck Williams loaned his campaign $1,000 and raised $4,000. He has an operating debt of about $8,700.

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Laura Schmitz contributed to this report.

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