Senator Pat Toomey raised nearly a million dollars in the second quarter this year, bringing his cash on hand to to $3.1 million a Toomey campaign source tells PoliticsPA.
It’s a strong showing, especially given that Toomey’s name won’t appear on the ballot for more than 3 years.
Toomey will need every dime to hold onto his seat because he faces what likely will be one of the marquee Senate races in the 2016 cycle.
Former Congressman Joe Sestak has already formed an exploratory committee and raised $458,700 in the first quarter of this year.
The 2010 election, when Toomey defeated Sestak by 2 points, came at the height of the GOP wave. But the two would share the 2016 ballot with presidential candidates, a factor that is shown to improve Democratic fortunes in Pa. – even if Sestak isn’t the candidate.
Some of Toomey’s donors made headlines earlier this summer because of their party affiliation. Democratic power broker and Comcast Executive David Cohen, along with Dem fundraiser Alan Kessler both organized an event for the Senator.