Altmire Leads Cash Race
By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
Altmire’s campaign announced Tuesday afternoon that it had raised $1.14 million in 2011 and had $852,292 cash on hand. He raised $180,745 in the fourth quarter, a net gain of $115,000 from Altmire’s third quarter total.
Meanwhile, Rep. Mark Critz’s campaign rolled out a 4th quarter haul of $130,635, a net gain of $23,000 from its third quarter total. He has $465,496 on hand. However, his campaign noted that since January first, it had received over $200,000 in cash and commitments.
The two colleagues were redistricted into a primary battle by the newly-drawn congressional map. 66 percent of the new 12th district currently has Altmire as its representative (compared to 28 percent for Critz). And an internal poll from his campaign showed him leading 50 percent to 34 in the primary.
But Critz has done well with labor unions across the district, including the influential United Steelworkers.