* The Hill…
Republican Ted Gradel, who is challenging freshman Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) for the Illinois House seat she flipped last year, has raised more than $150,000 in the six days since he announced his candidacy, his campaign said Tuesday.
The six-figure haul is the latest sign that Underwood is likely to face a tough reelection fight next year as she looks to hold on to a congressional district that flipped to Democrats in 2018 despite President Trump’s nearly 4-point win there in 2016.
Gradel, a former University of Notre Dame field goal kicker and first-time candidate for public office, announced his bid for the suburban and exurban Chicago district last week in a video narrated by former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz.
In declaring his candidacy, Gradel joined a growing field of Republicans targeting Underwood in 2020.
Among the other announced contenders are Illinois state Sen. Jim Oberweis, Danny Malouf and Anthony Catella.
Rep. Allen Skillicorn is also gearing up for a GOP primary bid.