Last May, former Congressman Joe Sestak announced that he would be exploring a rematch against Senator Pat Toomey. In the first financial report since his entrance into the race, Sestak raised just over $210,000 and currently has $618,000 on hand.
It’s a considerable amount for a race that’s more than three years away. But it lags Toomey, whose second quarter haul totaled over $950,000. He has $3.1 million in total cash on hand.
Sestak also raised significantly less than he did in his first quarter – before he specified which office he would run for – when he brought in $460,000.
A Sestak campaign source defended their total, stating that the campaign had hit its fundraising goal for the second quarter.
He said Sestak’s fundraising push didn’t really begin in earnest until June. The source went on to mention that they received a strong response from donors after they went after Comcast executive (and Democrat) David Cohen for holding a fundraiser for Toomey.
The first poll of the race taken by Quinnipiac in June, showed a narrow 42% to 37% lead for Toomey. Any time an incumbent is under 50% they are usually considered vulnerable. That’s true of any Republican running statewide in Pa. in a presidential year.