PA1: Wallace Continues Massive Self-Funding, Fitzpatrick Slightly Behind with Cash on Hand at end of Q3
An expensive race.
According to the FEC, Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania’s 1st district, Scott Wallace loaned his campaign $4M in the October quarterly report. In the previous filing period, Wallace loaned his campaign slightly over $4.8M, although most of that was loaned before his primary victory of Rachel Reddick. In the election cycle-to-date, the Democrat has loaned his campaign $8.8M.
According to the FEC, incumbent Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) raised $640,000 from July to the end of September. This is an improvement from the previous filing period, in which he raised $418,000. Fitzpatrick has raised just shy of $3.1M in the election cycle-to-date.
Wallace’s campaign raised just over $430,000 from July to the end of September, but that coupled with his loan, the candidate filed $4.4M for the 3rd quarter. This is not as big of a jump in comparison to Fitzpatrick’s leap from quarter 2 to 3, but is more than the nearly $304,000 he raised in the previous quarter. After self funding, the Democrat has raised $9.8M in the election cycle-to-date.
The Intelligencer reports that this race is on track to break spending records.
Wallace’s campaign spent $4.7M from July to the end of September, while Fitzpatrick’s campaign spent close to $1.1M. In the election cycle-to-date, Wallace has spent slightly under $8.4M. Fitzpatrick’s campaign has spent slightly more than $2M in the election cycle-to-date.
The margins are much more slim when the candidates compare cash on hand in the most recent filing report. Entering the beginning of October, Wallace brought in $1.4M cash on hand, while Fitzpatrick holds $1.2M cash on hand.
FiveThirtyEight currently has this pegged as the closest race in Pennsylvania, designating it as a Toss-Up.