Looking to get a jump on his GOP rival in the NY-1 primary, George Demos’ campaign is poised to announce he raised some $200,000 during the fourth – and final – fundraising quarter of 2013.

Though the campaign isn’t giving out anything but top numbers – no details other than to say the $200,000 came from individual donors – it is claiming Demos has $2.1 million on hand, which is a sizable amount with which to start off the 2014 campaign season.

Of course, things change a little when you consider the fact that Demos, who is making his third attempt at unseating Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop, seeded his campaign with $1 million of his own money.

Nevertheless, Demos’ campaign manager Kevin Tschirhart said his candidate is kicking off the year “in one of the strongest positions of any Republican challenger in the nation and as the strongest challenger to Tim Bishop in his 12 years in Congress.”

“This is the reason why Republicans are now unifying around George Demos as their candidate to defeat Tim Bishop,” Tschirhart continued. “It’s time for George Demos to lead us in Washington.”

Actually, with the exception of Demos’ former boss, ex-Gov. George Pataki, most GOP and Conservative Party leaders have lined up behind Demos’ primary opponent, state Sen. Lee Zeldin, who announced his intention to challenge Bishop last October.