Steve Santarsiero’s last fundraising report led to a behind-the-scenes effort to push him out of the race.
Coming off of that, the State Rep. and PA-8 Democratic candidate raised $160,254 from July 1st to September 30th.
Not only was that an improvement from his $155,864 Q2 total, but he didn’t loan his campaign any money this time. In fact, Santarsiero fully paid off his $40,000 loan.
He also increased his cash on hand total from $282,853 to $331,342.
Despite all this, however, Santarsiero still trails Naughton in the money race. As we noted last week, Naughton brought in $283,324 during the third quarter. She also has the advantage concerning cash on hand with $441,552.
Both candidates are running for the Democratic nomination in PA-8. State Rep. Scott Petri has jumped in on the Republican side while former Bucks County Commissioner Andy Warren is pledging to run and 2008 GOP nominee Tom Manion is also considering a bid.
Incumbent GOP Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is retiring.