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Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race: Casey and McCormick each raise more than $5 million in Q1

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John Cole, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
April 4, 2024

Republican David McCormick slightly outraised U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) in first quarter fundraising, due in part to a $1 million donation he made to his own campaign. 

McCormick’s campaign announced it raised $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2024, which included the $1 million of his own money. Casey’s campaign said it raised more than $5.6 million in the first three months of 2024, a personal best for the three-term incumbent.

Both campaigns pointed to their first quarter hauls as proof that momentum is on their candidate’s side in what is shaping up to be one of the most expensive Senate races in the nation. 

“Pennsylvanians from across the commonwealth are joining the movement to elect Dave McCormick, a 7th-generation Pennsylvanian, combat veteran, and PA job creator who will bring new leadership and fresh ideas to the Senate,” McCormick communications director Elizabeth Gregory said in a release. 

“Senator Casey’s supporters across the Commonwealth know he is facing the most competitive and expensive race of his career, and they are standing together to make sure we have the resources we need to keep this seat,” Casey campaign manager Tiernan Donohue said in a release.

According to the Casey campaign, he received more than 90,000 contributions from more than 53,000 donors, with 80% of contributions under $50.

Casey and McCormick have not formally filed their finance reports for the first quarter, and neither campaign has revealed how much cash on hand it had entering April. As of Jan. 1, Casey’s campaign had $9.43 million cash on hand, while McCormick’s campaign had $4.17 million on hand.

While McCormick’s overall haul is a little larger than Casey’s for the first quarter, it is slightly lower than his fourth quarter total, when his campaign raised $6.4 million. That amount also included a $1 million loan from McCormick to the campaign.

But Casey’s first quarter is a sizable jump from the previous quarter, when his campaign raised $3.6 million

Casey’s campaign wasted no time on Thursday sending out a fundraising email to supporters alerting them that McCormick has now donated $2 million to himself thus far this cycle..

A flurry of outside spending is expected in the race, with control of the U.S. Senate potentially coming down to the Keystone State.  And although the primary election is still a few weeks away, the general election has essentially begun, with Casey and McCormick the only candidates who will appear on the April 23 ballot. 

Both candidates released their first ads of the cycle last week with Casey detailing bipartisan legislation that he sponsored to provide benefits for veterans who faced toxic exposure to burn pits, while McCormick’s ad highlighted his roots wrestling in Pennsylvania. 

Casey’s second ad details his “greedflation” reports on corporations raising prices on products faster than inflation, while McCormick’s second ad spotlights his experience at the United States Military Academy.

Casey and McCormick both visited Philadelphia this week. Casey was joined by Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina M. Khan on Tuesday for a roundtable discussion on their plans to combat “greedflation” and “shrinkflation,” while McCormick visited Geno’s Steaks on Wednesday to cook up a few cheesesteaks and meet with supporters.

Recent polls and ratings indicate Casey has an early, slight advantage. 

Franklin & Marshall College poll conducted between March 20 and 31 showed Casey leading McCormick by 7 points, while the Cook Political Report says the U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania “leans Democratic.”

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