Rep. Matt Cartwright’s (D-Lackawanna) successful 2020 reelection bid was his closest race since winning a seat in Congress in 2012.
Now, the Lackawanna County Democrat has submitted his campaign’s first finance report for 2021.
According to Open Secrets, Cartwright significantly outraised and outspent his GOP challenger, Jim Bognet, in 2020. Cartwright’s campaign raised $3.8 million in the previous election cycle, while Bognet raised $1.5 million. Cartwright’s campaign spent $4.1 million in the previous election cycle, while Bognet’s campaign spent $1.38 million.
One Republican has already announced his candidacy for the 8th Congressional District for 2022 and filed his campaign’s first finance report for this cycle. Teddy Daniels, a former police officer and wounded combat Army veteran, who finished second in the GOP primary in 2020, is seeking the GOP nomination in 2022.
Daniels has raised just under $85,000 in the election cycle-to-date and entered April with just under $30,000 cash on hand. Daniels has loaned his campaign $30,000 since launching a 2022 bid for the seat in Northeast Pa.
Cartwright’s 2021 first quarter haul is significantly higher than the amount he raised at the same point in the previous cycle, although he doesn’t have as much cash on hand in comparison to April 2019.
In his April 2019 filing, Cartwright raised just under $280,000, while bringing just over $650,000 cash on hand into the 2nd quarter.
Cartwright is the lone Democrat in the state to represent a Trump won district and is currently one of three Pennsylvania Democrats being targeted by the NRCC in 2022, along with Reps. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) 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.