PA10: DePasquale Outraises Perry in Q3

Democrat Eugene DePasquale raised more than any congressional candidate in the state in the third quarter, even though Rep. Scott Perry’s (R-York) haul is more than any other incumbent in the state. 

DePasquale, the state’s Auditor General, raised $1.68 million from the beginning of July to the end of September. His campaign spent $2.1 million during this time period, which is also more than any other congressional candidate in the state during the third quarter. 

DePasquale’s third quarter haul is $1 million more than he raised in the previous quarter, when his campaign brought in $650,000 from the beginning of April to the end of June

DePasquale’s campaign has now raised $3.34 million in the election cycle-to-date and entered October with just under $570,000 cash on hand

Perry raised $1.33 million from the beginning of July to the end of September, while spending $1.28 million during this time period. His third quarter haul is more than any other incumbent seeking reelection in Pennsylvania and is nearly $870,000 more than he raised in the previous quarter when he brought in just under $470,000 from the beginning of April to the end of June.

The four term incumbent has now raised $3.23 million in the election cycle-to-date and entered October with $1.04 million cash-on-hand, which is $470,000 more than DePasquale’s campaign entered the month with. 

The matchup between Perry and DePasquale was the lone congressional race in the state in which $3 million total was raised between the two candidates from the beginning of July to the end of September. 

Perry’s 2018 bid for Congress was much different from his previous three contests. The redrawing of the state’s Congressional boundaries made Perry’s district much more competitive. President Donald Trump carried Perry’s previous district by over 20 points, but with the new boundaries, he only won by 10 points. Perry’s closest election under the old map was a 25 point victory in his first race in 2012. He just narrowly defeated Democrat George Scott by 2.5 points this past November.

Perry was outraised by his challenger in the previous election cycle. Perry raised $1.5M from the beginning of 2017 to the end of 2018, while the Democrat raised $2.2M during his unsuccessful bid.

A trio of national ratings outlets have this currently rated as the tightest congressional race this fall. Inside Elections, Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball and the Cook Political Report all have the race listed as a Toss-Up.

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