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SD-26: McGarrigle Raises Over 600k To Replace Erickson


Republican Delaware County Councilman Tom McGarrigle raised an impressive $600,000 in the first reporting period of 2014 in his bid for Senate District 26.

In total, he raised $603,275 since the beginning of the year and finished the reporting period with $558,266.68 cash on hand, according to the numbers his campaign shared with PoliticsPA.

“I am grateful for the tremendous support our campaign has received in such a short time. Our message of improving job creation opportunities in our state; increasing educational success for our kids and keeping our communities safe is resonating with folks across the district and the state,” McGarrigle said. “Supporters of our campaign have long recognized that my priorities have and always will be with the people I represent. I will take that record of service and independence to Harrisburg should I have the privilege of serving in the State Senate.”

The seat was vacated by Senator Ted Erickson (R-Delaware) announcing his retirement last fall. He was a regular Democratic target and Democrats came within 5 points in 2006. McGarrigle’s fundraising suggests that Republicans expect a serious battle to keep the seat, which is likely to be even more of a toss-up since the seat is now open.

The 26th Senate district comprises parts of Delaware and Chester counties and was made slightly more Republican in the latest round of redistricting. Its party registration is 49.5% Republican, 39.4% Democratic. But in 2012 – along the lines that will be used in 2014 – it went 56% for Barack Obama and Kathleen Kane, and 58% for Sen. Bob Casey.

The Democratic candidate is John Kane, the business manager of the Plumbers Union Local 690 which serves the Philadelphia region. His fundraising for the first quarter is not yet known, but he began 2014 with approximately $250,000 cash on hand.

4 Responses

  1. Will be interesting to see McGarrigle’s report. This is a make or break election for GOP. DELCO trends Dem, and if the GOP loses this spot, the GOP’s dominance myth is further diminished. It is a shame that McGarrigle is a Republican with all of the GOP baggage to carry – Corbett, the State House GOP, and the DELCO GOP history of strong-armed corruption. Funny too that some of the posters here ridicule the unions…look at the money that DELCO GOP raises…lots of big 5 figure union checks sitting there.

  2. The Republikkkan Party is a dying breed no matter how much they try and gerrymander districts, buy votes, lie, and stop people from voting. Their time will come.

  3. The Delco GOP has always been extraordinary at fundraising — they will be able to bury this Kane guy in mail and tv. he’ll never even have a chance to get off the ground.

  4. I guess the real question is, are the unions going to be willing to empty their pension funds to support a dead-fish Dem candidate with no experience that’s going to lose anyway? Stay tuned.

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