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PA8: Cartwright Raises Nearly $515K in Q2

Matt Cartwright

A better second quarter for the Lackawanna County Democrat. 

Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) raised just under $515,000 from the beginning of April to the end of June, while spending nearly $150,000 during that time period. 

He entered July with just under $920,000 cash on hand and has raised $1.03 million in the election cycle-to-date

In the first three months of the year, Cartwright’s campaign raised just over $475,000

Cartwright’s 2021 second quarter is significantly higher than the amount he raised at the same point in the previous cycle. 

In his July 2019 filing, Cartwright raised close to $290,000, while bringing just under $820,000 cash on hand into the 3rd quarter. 

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. 

Cartwright defeated Bognet by just over 3.5 points to earn his fifth term in Congress, while Donald Trump bested Joe Biden by just under 4.5 points in the 8th Congressional District in 2020. 

Cartwright also currently has a significant cash advantage over the lone Republican candidate that has formally announced his entrance into the race. 

Teddy Daniels, a former police officer and wounded combat Army veteran, who finished second in the GOP primary in 2020, is also seeking the GOP nomination in 2022. 

Daniels raised just over $80,000 from the beginning of April to the end of June, while spending nearly $55,000 during that time period. He entered July with close to $60,000 cash on hand

Daniels has raised $165,000 in the election cycle-to-date, although $30,000 of it is from a loan he gave to his campaign in a previous quarter.

Cartwright is the lone Democrat in the state to represent a Trump won district and is currently one of four Pennsylvania Democrats being targeted by the NRCC in 2022, along with Reps. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester), 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.

2 Responses

  1. This is successful fundraising. Can’t raise money. Won’t get message out. Will lose. Doesn’t get any simpler.

  • 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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