WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) continues to far outpace his potential Democratic rivals in the push for campaign money ahead of the 2016 Senate race.
Toomey raised nearly $2 million from July through September, his campaign said Thursday. His figures indicate that Toomey is also gearing up his campaign spending: his cash on hand increased by only around $300,000 in that same period, to $8.6 million as of September 30.
Toomey's campaign said 85 percent of his donations were under $200. "We're seeing strong support from every corner of the commonwealth for Pat's common sense, principled, approach to creating jobs, cleaning up the fiscal mess in Washington, and keeping our communities safe," said Toomey spokesman Steve Kelly.
Toomey's war chest is likely to dwarf those of the Democrats running to challenge him. Katie McGinty, the former chief-of-staff for Gov. Wolf, had about $900,000 on hand as of Sept. 30, her campaign said. She had raised $1 million since joining the race in early August.
Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, who entered the contest just two weeks before the Sept. 30 deadline for third quarter reports, had raised $170,000 his campaign said.
Former Congressman Joe Sestak has not released his latest totals, but is likely to have the largest campaign fund among Democrats. He had $2.2 million on hand as of his last report, June 30.
Details of the latest reports -- including who gave and how much, and where the money was spent -- were not yet publicly available Thursday afternoon.
The campaigns, of course, won't be the only ones spending money on the race. The Pennsylvania Senate race is expected to be one of the toughest in the country, with a chance to help decide control of the Senate, and outside groups are already gearing up to help sway the outcome.