Two incumbents. $2 million cash on hand. Two quarters in 2018. One seat. This is the race for PA17.
Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny) and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) are both vying for the newly drawn 17th Congressional district that encompasses all of Beaver County and sections of Allegheny and Butler counties.
Lamb, who grabbed the national spotlight with his special election victory over GOP state Rep. Rick Saccone in March, raised slightly over $659,000 from late April to the end of June. During that same period, Rothfus raised nearly $536,000.
The Rothfus campaign was satisfied with the “grassroots level” effort this quarter and believes they will continue to improve as time continues.
“They know that Keith Rothfus is fighting hard to represent them in Congress on the issues they care about like immigration reform, job creation, supporting our veterans and working to combat the opioid epidemic,” said campaign spokesman Mike Barley. “We anticipate support for Congressman Rothfus’ campaign to continue to increase.”
Rothfus hasn’t had to spend very much during this election cycle yet, while Lamb is still catching up from his expensive win just three months ago.
During this period, Lamb spent nearly 3 times the amount of the Rothfus campaign. Rothfus spent just over $121,000 during this period, while Lamb spent close to $332,000.
Despite the wide margin of money spent during these past couple of months, Rothfus and Lamb have a nearly identical amount of cash on hand. Lamb currently has $2.1 M on hand, while Rothfus has $2.07 M.
As of July 13, Cook Political Report has the seat listed as “Toss Up”.
Updated with comment from the Rothfus campaign.