Fundraising is picking up in primary races across the state’s congressional districts. In the 9th District, currently represented by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Blair), the incumbent seems to have a steady lead in terms of contributions.
Challenging Shuster in the Republican primary is Art Halvorson, a businessman and veteran, who has criticized Shuster for leaning too far to the left. Halvorson announced his candidacy in April.
In the October FEC filings, Halvorson raised just over $13,500 and spent just over $14,000. The candidate boasts more than $125,000 on hand.
Comparatively, incumbent Shuster raised well over $350,000 and spent just over $131,000 during the quarter. Shuster also has more than $1.1 million on hand.
Earlier this month, Harper Polling had Shuster with a 52 point lead over Halvorson.
The other candidate who has announced his intent to challenge Shuster, Travis Schooley, has not filed a report with the FEC.