It was a close one.
In PA-8, Q2 fundraising totals from candidates Kathy Boockvar and incumbent Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) weren’t far apart.
Boockvar, the Democratic nominee, brought in $330K, a hair below her first quarter haul, and was left with $421K on hand.
Since January, over 2,000 donors have contributed to the Boockvar campaign, totaling $661K – with 98 percent of her donations coming from individual contributors.
For Q2, her campaign team touted a 73 percentage rate of new donors. Boockvar attributed the rate of new donors to a desire for her potential future constituents to have someone in office who has experience with compromise.
“The people want a representative in Congress who has decades of experience mediating differences and producing solutions to move us forward, and that is why more and more people declare their support for my candidacy every day,” she said.
While Boockvar took in a hefty haul this quarter, she did not out raise her Republican opponent.
Fitzpatrick Campaign Manager Faith Bender said Boockvar’s money was a result of her ties with DC liberals.
“The reason why Congressman Fitzpatrick has this job is because the people of the 8th Congressional district declared that they no longer wanted a Pelosi-progressive representing them in Washington,” Bender charged. “With Ms. Boockvar taking even more money from Nancy Pelosi after having endorsed government-run healthcare and increasing taxes on small businesses, the terms of this election are clearly defined.”
The Fitzpatrick campaign generated $395K and maintained $1.2M on hand.
Boockvar also slightly outspent him. She used $159K, with the two main expenses being around $24K each for polling by Global Strategy Group and to the PA Dems for field staff and canvassing.
By contrast, the Fitzpatrick campaign spent only $119K. He spent roughly the same amount on polling withPublic Opinion Strategies, but spent over $40K to the firm Long Nyquist & Associates for consulting.
PoliticsPA called both candidates fundraising winners in the first quarter, when Fitzpatrick raised $360,000 and had $927,000 on hand; while Boockvar raised an impressive $331,645 and maintained $250,430 cash on hand.