Perry Leads Both Dems in Q1 Fundraising
The York County Republican incumbent leads the way in fundraising for the first quarter of 2020 in his reelection bid for the 10th Congressional District.
Rep. Scott Perry’s (R-York) campaign raised $450,000 from the beginning of January to the end of March, while spending just over $255,000 during this time period. His first quarter haul is nearly a $100,000 improvement from the final quarter of 2019, in which he raised just under $360,000.
Eugene DePasquale, the state’s Democratic Auditor General, raised just under $350,000 from the beginning of January to the end of March, while spending $160,000 during this time period. His first quarter haul is an improvement from the final quarter of 2019 when his campaign raised just over $300,000, but not as high as his campaign raised in the third quarter of 2019 when he raised just under $360,000 and bested Perry.
DePasquale’s campaign has now raised $1.01 million in the election cycle-to-date and entered April with just over $655,000 cash on hand.
Tom Brier, an attorney and author who is also seeking the Democratic Party nomination, raised just over $85,000 from the beginning of January to the end of March, while spending just under $145,000 during this time period. His first quarter haul is a slight improvement from the previous quarter when he raised $80,000 in the final three months of 2019, but not as high as the second and third quarters when he raised $100,000 in both.
Perry’s 2018 bid for Congress was much different from his previous three contests. The redrawing of the state’s Congressional boundaries made Perry’s district much more competitive. President Donald Trump carried Perry’s previous district by over 20 points, but with the new boundaries, he only won by 10 points. Perry’s closest election under the old map was a 25 point victory in his first race in 2012. He just narrowly defeated Democrat George Scott by 2.5 points this past November.
While the June primary will determine who Perry will end up facing in the November election, the Democratic Congressional Committee selected DePasquale in their first round of challengers for their “red to blue” program, citing his “grassroots engagement, local support, campaign organization, and fundraising,” while adding that they believe he has a “strong record of service” and “an authentic message.”
The Cook Political Report currently has the seat held by Perry listed as “Toss Up” for 2020, citing the district as an “unfriendly map” for the Freedom Caucus member incumbent and adding that the Democrats “landed their dream candidate” in DePasquale.