Put your money where your campaign is. That’s what Democratic candidate for PA-1, Scott Wallace has done the past couple of months in his quest to unseat Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks).
Since the beginning of 2018, Wallace has loaned his campaign slightly over $4.8M. Six of the seven donations came before the May primary in which Wallace defeated Rachel Reddick. The most recent loan to his campaign was made on the last business day for the quarter, for a bit more than $1.2M.
Boosted by the massive loans, Wallace’s campaign spent $1.25M from late April to the end of June, the period covering the primary. During this same period, Fitzpatrick spent just over $150,000.
Wallace’s spending comes at a time when the Cook Political Report recently moved the race for PA’s 1st District from “Toss Up” to “Leans Republican”. Cook’s David Wasserman cited Wallace’s willingness to put money into his campaign as a double-edged sword making him a capable and serious candidate, but also opening him to charges of being out of touch. The report also credited Fitzpatrick (and his brother) with building a strong moderate image which has earned him the endorsements from Gabby Giffords and the AFL-CIO.
In terms of money raised, Fitzpatrick held the edge during period. He brought in slightly over $418,000 to Wallace’s nearly $304,000.
Both candidates are neck and neck with cash on hand with Wallace holding a bit more, $1.7M to Fitzpatrick’s $1.65M.