Updated w/ new fundraising numbers.
Update 2: Statement from NRSC included
Senator Casey ended the second quarter with $3.1 million cash on hand. In addition, he raised $1.3 million.
The state Democratic party was quick to send reporters a press release touting the accomplishment.
Casey’s office released the following statement: “Senator Casey’s top priorities are putting Pennsylvanians back to work and growing the economy. He is also doing what it takes to run a strong campaign and effectively communicate his record of standing up for Pennsylvanians.”
This is all good news for the first-term Senator, he has a sizable war chest and after the news that State Sen. Corman is not going to run for the seat, there is no front-runner in the GOP to take on the Senator.
The Pa. Democratic Party said, “Sen. Casey set another fundraising record by posting his strongest quarter yet. Even without a top-tier opponent, Sen. Casey is still building a sizable war chest. This fundraising advantage combined with strong poll numbers and a record of fighting for Pennsylvanians puts him in a strong position entering his re-election bid. As a senator, he has fought for middle class Pennsylvanians – working to create jobs, fighting unfair trade practices that send jobs overseas and helping manufacturers in Pennsylvania.”
The National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee released the following statement:
“Perhaps if Senator Casey spent as much time focusing on Pennsylvania jobs and reining in wasteful Washington spending as he does jetting around raising campaign cash with President Obama, Pennsylvania wouldn’t be facing 7.4% unemployment and our country wouldn’t be facing a $14.3 trillion debt. No amount of campaign money is going to distract voters from Casey’s broken promises and rubberstamp support for Obama’s failed tax-and-spend policies in Washington.”