PA1: Fitzpatrick Narrowly Edges Out Finello in Q3 Haul
It was the closest fundraising haul to-date between the two candidates for the 1st Congressional District, but Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) narrowly outraised Democrat Christina Finello in the FEC third quarter report.
Fitzpatrick raised just under $945,000 from the beginning of July to the end of September, while spending $1.38 million during this time period. His third quarter haul is a significant improvement from the second quarter of 2020 when his campaign raised just under $490,000.
Fitzpatrick’s campaign has now raised $3.78 million in the election cycle-to-date and entered October with $1.38 million cash on hand.
Finello raised just under $940,000 from the beginning of July to the end of September, while spending nearly $680,000 during this time period. Her third quarter haul is three times more than the amount she raised in the second quarter when her campaign raised just over $290,000.
Finello has now raised $1.45 million in the election cycle-to-date and entered October with $555,000 cash on hand.
Fitzpatrick is currently in his second term in Congress representing the Philadelphia suburban district. He bested pro-Trump Republican Andrew Meehan in the 2020 GOP primary by 27 points, which is a closer margin than his 34 point win over pro-Trump Republican Dean Malik in 2018.
Fitzpatrick’s 2018 bid for Congress against self-funded Democratic challenger Scott Wallace was the most expensive Congressional race in the state last cycle, and the 7th most expensive Congressional race in the country, according to Open Secrets. $18 million total was raised between both candidates.
Several ratings outlets currently have the PA1 race as Leans Republican.
Fitzpatrick is one of three Pennsylvania Republicans being targeted by the DCCC’s initial 2020 list, along with Reps. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) and Scott Perry (R-York).