WASHINGTON – Democrat Katie McGinty raised slightly more than $1 million in her first two months since entering the Pennsylvania Senate race, her campaign said Wednesday in its first show of financial strength since she joined the contest.

McGinty's total, with the help of some of Pennsylvania's most prominent Democratic voices, tops the best quarter rival Democrat Joe Sestak has posted to date: $728,000 from April through June.

Democratic insiders had been eyeing McGinty's haul as a first test of whether she could mount a credible campaign to win the Democratic nomination against Sestak, a former Delaware County Congressman, and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman. They are competing to take on incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Toomey next year.

Democratic leaders have hoped for an alternative to Sestak, who has often clashed with the party establishment, but McGinty is unproven as a campaigner, having finished fourth out of four in the last year's Pennsylvania gubernatorial primary.

Sestak should still have a money edge. He had $2.2 million on hand as of June 30, the date of his last report. He has not announced how much money he has raised since then. Reports are due Oct. 15.

McGinty had about $900,000 on hand as of Sept. 30, her campaign said.

"With over 2,900 donors, I am proud of the strong grassroots support our campaign has achieved in less than two months," McGinty said in a news release.

She has been backed by Gov. Wolf and the influential Democratic group EMILY's List, which supports women candidates who favor abortion rights. Former Gov. Rendell is chairing McGinty's campaign.

Fetterman raised $170,000 in the 17 days between when he joined the race and the Sept. 30 deadline. His campaign touted the many small donors who gave. On Fetterman's web site, a graph showed his professed goal ($100,000) and total ($170,000) with the blinking caption "whaaaaat?"

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