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PA17: Lamb Raises $410K in Q1

This Allegheny County Democrat and potential 2022 U.S. Senate candidate has filed his campaign’s first quarter haul for 2021. 

Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) raised just over $410,000 from the beginning of 2021 to the end of March, while spending just under $150,000 during the first three months of the year. He entered April with $1.1 million cash on hand.

According to Open Secrets, Lamb raised $4 million in the previous election cycle, which is the third most of any incumbent who was seeking reelection in the state’s congressional delegation. Just under $8 million was raised in Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District during the previous cycle, making it the second most expensive race in the state in 2020. 

Lamb’s 2021 first quarter haul is more than double the amount he raised at the same point in the previous cycle. 

In 2019’s April filing, Lamb raised just over $200,000, while bringing just $320,000 cash on hand into the 2nd quarter. 

Lamb isn’t the lone member of the state’s Democratic congressional delegation that is reportedly mulling a run for U.S. Senate. Reps. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester) are also weighing a bid for the 2022 open seat. Houlahan raised over $580,000 from the beginning of 2021 to the end of March, which is the most of any member of the state’s delegation, and entered April with $3.5 million cash on hand. Dean raised just under $120,000 in the first quarter and entered April with $575,000 cash on hand. 

Lamb had the closest reelection bid of any incumbent in the state’s congressional delegation in 2020. The Allegheny County Democrat bested GOP challenger Sean Parnell by just over 2 points to secure his second full term in Congress. 

The 17th District that Lamb represents went to Trump in 2016 by just a couple of points, although Joe Biden edged out Trump in the western PA District in the 2020 election. 

Lamb is one of three Democrats in the state targeted by the NRCC to flip in 2022, along with Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh).

However, Pennsylvania will lose a seat after redistricting, making it difficult for any challenger and incumbent to accurately size up their 2022 prospects.

4 Responses

  1. GOP will try to disappear his district when lines are re-drawn due to Census.

    1. It is the Ds that are all about gerrymandering. The court did it last time. Eric Holder filed suit already to let them do it again this year. Holder affiliated groups also gave Wolf $250k for his re-election, so he is probably in on it also. No need to legislate or compromise, just give it to the D court to gerrymander! Let’s just call it what it is – court ordered voter suppression!

      1. Wow! Another GOP idiot. Supreme Court changed it because the Republicans gerrymandered it up so much, it gave them a 13-5 advantage when voting in the state was basically even. Now its
        basically even. I guess Republicans don’t like fairness.

    2. Yes Gulag, he will be in a showdown with Kelly. That new district will not be good for him. It’s up or out for him.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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