Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) bested GOP challenger Lisa Scheller during the second quarter FEC filing report.
She entered July with over $960,000 cash on hand and has raised $1.18 million cash on hand in the election cycle-to-date.
Scheller, a former Lehigh County Commissioner and businesswoman who lost Wild by just under 4 points in 2020 for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District and is seeking her party’s nomination in 2022, raised just under $225,000 from the beginning of April to the end of June, while spending nearly $105,000 during this time period.
Scheller entered July with nearly $795,000 cash on hand. Her campaign has raised over $880,000 in the election cycle-to-date, however, $500,000 of it is from a loan she gave to her campaign in the previous quarter.
Scheller bested Wild in the first three months of the year, due to a large self loan she gave to her campaign.
In the first three months of the year, Scheller’s campaign raised just under $650,000, although $500,000 of it was from a loan she gave to her campaign. Wild’s campaign raised just over $530,000 from the beginning of January to the end of March.
Kevin Dellicker, a businessman and veteran who joined the GOP race for the 7th Congressional District in July, has yet to file a campaign finance report.
Wild’s 2021 second quarter is higher than the amount she raised at the same point in the previous cycle.
In her July 2019 filing, Wild raised $355,000, while bringing over $420,000 cash on hand into the 3rd quarter.
Scheller didn’t file her first campaign finance report in the previous cycle until Q3 of 2019.
According to the post-general election 2020 FEC filing, Wild raised $4.65 million during the previous election cycle. Scheller raised $3.73 million during the previous election cycle, with $2.45 million of it being from loans she gave to her campaign.
Wild and Joe Biden carried the 7th Congressional District by similar margins. Wild won by just under 4 points, while Biden bested Donald Trump by just under 5 points, according to Daily Kos.
However, Pennsylvania is slated to lose a seat after redistricting, making it difficult for any challenger and incumbent to accurately size up their 2022 prospects.