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Campaign finance reports from the year’s third quarter are in, and there are a few surprises in the contests for Pennsylvania’s U.S. House seats. Here’s a look at how the latest numbers from the Federal Election Commission break down, and how they compare to the year’s previous quarterly results, and the 2022 election cycle.
U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-8th District) raised more than any U.S. House candidate in Pennsylvania in the third quarter. For the three-month period ending Sept. 30, Cartwright’s campaign raised just over $740,000 and spent just under $170,000. That’s a marked improvement from the two previous quarters; he raised just under $525,000 in Q2 and just under $540,000 in Q1, campaign finance records show.
First elected to Congress in 2012, Cartwright doesn’t have a primary challenger, but businessman Rob Bresnahan is the only declared Republican candidate in the red district that former President Donald Trump carried in 2016 and 2020. Bresnahan entered the race earlier this month, so he has no campaign finance report for Q3.
Cartwright entered October with $1,4 million cash on hand, which is slightly more than the $1.26 million his campaign had on hand at the same point in the previous election cycle. It’s still early in the 2024 campaign but Cartwright appears to have a significant head start in defending his seat.
Battle for Bucks County
U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-1st District) raised just over $705,000 from the beginning of July to the end of September, while spending just under $244,000.
However, although Fitzpatrick’s third quarter haul was the second-highest in Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation, it wasn’t his strongest fundraising quarter this year. His campaign raised just over $1,1 million in Q2 and $680,000 in Q1.
The Bucks County Republican has now raised $2.6 million in the election cycle to date, which is the most for any congressional candidate in Pennsylvania. He entered October with just over $3.3 million. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-6th District) currently has the most cash on hand with $3.5 million.
Fitzpatrick’s Republican primary challenger Mark Houck, an anti-abortion activist, raised just over $30,000 since entering the race in August. His campaign spent $22,000 in that time period and entered the beginning of October with just under $10,000 cash on hand.
Fitzpatrick, who represents a district that President Joe Biden won in 2020, may once again face U.S. Army veteran Ashley Ehasz.
In 2022, Fitzpatrick defeated Ehasz by nearly 10 points to win his fourth term in Congress.
‘Vulnerable’ Deluzio had strongest quarter of 2023
U.S. Rep. Chris Deluzio (D-17th District) raised just under $460,000 from the beginning of July to the end of September, while spending $135,000 during this time period. It was his strongest quarter of 2023 so far.
In Q2, Deluzio raised just over $360,000 and in Q1, he raised just under $275,000. Deluzio has now raised just over $1,1 million in the 2024 election cycle to date and entered October with just over $690,000. In March, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee identified Deluzio as a “vulnerable” member of the House in 2024.
Two Republicans are seeking to challenge Deluzio in the 2024 general election, but neither came close to the freshman Democrat’s Q3 haul.
State Rep. Rob Mercuri (R-Allegheny), who has support from a super PAC funded by the conservative Koch organization, raised $150,000 from the date he entered the race in mid-August until the end of September, FEC records show. His campaign spent just under $5,000 during that period. Republican Jim Nelson, a retired sheriff’s deputy and pastor, raised just over $15,000 in Q3.
Wild has a quiet quarter
U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-7th District), also regarded as a “vulnerable” Democrat, raised just over $440,000 in the third quarter, spending close to $165,000. The three-month stretch was her weakest in 2023; in Q1 she raised just over $465,000, and in Q2, Wild raised $600,000.
Wild has now raised $1.5 million in the election cycle to date. She entered October with $1.1 million cash on hand, slightly less than this point in the previous cycle, when she had just under $1.4 million on hand.
Wild’s would-be Republican challenger Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, (R-Lehigh) has raised $135,000 since he jumped in the race in July. His campaign spent just under $8,000 during Q3 and entered October with just over $125,000 on hand.
Attorney Maria Montero, another GOP primary candidate in the 7th District, raised $100,000 since entering the race in July. Of that, $5,000 was from a loan she gave to her campaign. She entered October with just under $65,000 cash on hand.
Would-be Perry challengers
Rep. Scott Perry (R-10th District) raised just under $345,000 from the beginning of July to the end of September, and spent $342,000.
Perry has now raised just under $1.2 million in the 2024 election cycle so far. He entered October with $541,000 cash on hand, slightly less than this point in the previous cycle, when he had $670,000 on hand.
The York County Republican doesn’t have a primary challenger, but several Democrats are seeking the nomination.
While O’Brien currently leads the early fundraising race on the Democratic side, Janelle Stelson, a former anchor at WGAL, said her campaign raised more than $100,000 in the first 48 hours of her announcing her candidacy in early October.
Perry bested Daniels by 7 points for the mid-state district in 2022.
Summer Lee jumps ahead in 12th District
Rep. Summer Lee (D-12th District) ) raised just under $180,000 in Q3, spending less than $30,000. It was Lee’s strongest quarter to date in 2023; in Q2 she raised just under $90,000 and raised $110,000 in Q1.
A filing for Lee’s Democratic primary challenger Bhavini Patel, who entered the race on Oct. 2, shows that she has not raised money for this race yet, but has $20,000 cash on hand.
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