Costello raised $667,000 during the second quarter, which spans March 31 to June 30. His total campaign finances presently top $1M, with 75% of the contributions coming from within Pennsylvania. He currently has close to $810K cash on hand.
It’s clear the candidate is excited about the momentum his campaign is generating.
“We have an incredibly motivated base of local residents who share my desire to balance the budget, implement policies that create jobs, and work in a bipartisan fashion to protect southeastern Pennsylvania taxpayers,” Costello stated. “I pledge to serve as an independent voice for local residents and bring a fresh perspective to Washington, DC.”
Due in part to the successful fundraising efforts of the Costello campaign, political analysts including the Cook Political Report, the Rothenberg Report and Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics all rate the race “Leans Republican.”
After Rep. Jim Gerlach announced his retirement in January, the DCCC designated the district as “highly competitive” while 2010 and 2012 Democratic nominee Manan Trivedi jumped into the race. A Costello internal poll in May found the Republican leading Trivedi 49% to 36%.