PA7: Wild Bests Browning, Scheller in Q1 Haul
The Democratic incumbent leads the way in fundraising for this Lehigh Valley congressional seat in the first quarter of 2020.
Rep. Susan Wild’s (D-Lehigh) campaign raised over $530,000 from the beginning of January to the end of March, while spending slightly over $175,000 during this time period. Her first quarter haul is a $10,000 improvement from the previous quarter, in which she raised $520,000 in the final quarter of 2019.
The freshman Democrat has now raised $2.03 million in the election cycle-to-date and entered April with $1.42 million cash on hand.
Lisa Scheller, a former Lehigh County Commissioner and businesswoman who has received the endorsement from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), leads the way in the Republican fundraising race in the 7th Congressional District.
Scheller’s campaign raised just under $450,000 from the beginning of January to the end of March, while spending slightly under $390,000 during that time period. While the $450,000 puts Scheller as the highest fundraising congressional challenger in the state for the first quarter of 2020, $300,000 of it was from a loan Scheller gave to her campaign. Scheller’s first quarter haul is nearly $100,000 less from the $550,000 she raised in the final quarter of 2019, where she bested Wild.
Scheller has now raised just under $1 million in the election cycle-to-date, with $600,000 of it being from loans she gave to her campaign. She entered April with over $490,000 cash on hand.
Dean Browning, a former Lehigh County Commissioner and businessman who is the other GOP hopeful for the seat, also invested his own money into his campaign this quarter.
Browning’s campaign raised just over $30,000 from the beginning of January to the end of March, while spending $55,000 during this time period. He loaned his campaign $15,000 during the most recent quarter and has loaned a total of $180,000 during his bid for the GOP nomination thus far. Browning’s first quarter trails the previous quarter where he raised just over $55,000 in the last three months of 2019.
During Wild’s 2018 bid for Congress, she consistently outraised her GOP counterpart, Marty Nothstein.
The Cook Political Report currently has the seat held by Wild as “Lean Democratic” for 2020. Wild is currently one of three Pennsylvania Democrats being targeted by the NRCC’s initial 2020 list, along with Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) and Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny).