Fresh on the heels of his opponent’s fundraising announcement, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) made news of his own, reporting that his re-election campaign raised more than $3.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2023.
This is the third straight quarter that the three-time incumbent has exceeded his previous best quarter from his 2018 re-election campaign.
Casey’s campaign received more than 59,000 contributions from over 36,000 donors with 92 percent of those under $100.
“Pennsylvanians are rallying behind Senator Casey’s message to lower costs for families, stand up to China, and fight for workers because he’s delivering on these priorities,” said Tiernan Donohue, Campaign Manager for Bob Casey for Senate. “Now Pennsylvanians are sending Bob Casey into the election year with growing momentum and support that will carry him to re-election in one of the most competitive races in the country.”
Dave McCormick, expected to be the Republican candidate for the seat, announced that his campaign raised $5.4 million in Q4 and he also added an additional $1 million of his own funds to bolster the total.
Casey raised $17.39 million during his 2018 campaign which saw him defeat Republican Lou Barletta to remain in Washington. It is expected that the Pennsylvania Senate race will be among the most expensive in the nation during this election cycle.
In the most recent Franklin & Marshall College poll of 873 registered Pennsylvania voters conducted in October, 36 percent believe that Casey is doing an “excellent” or “good” job as their U.S. senator. The number is seven points lower than in October 2018 (43%) but similar to his October 2011 rating (38%) about one year prior to his first re-election campaign. Casey led McCormick 46% to 39% in a head-to-head matchup for U.S. Senate.
Quarterly fundraising reports for the fourth quarter are due to the Federal Election Commission by January 31, but some candidates — such as Casey and McCormick — announce their fundraising figures ahead of time, especially when they’re pleased with their numbers.