October 7th, 2009
01:19 PM ET
5 years ago

Toomey raises over $1.5 million for the quarter

Toomey raises over $1.5 million for the quarter.
Toomey raises over $1.5 million for the quarter.

WASHINGTON (CNN)– Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey - whose looming primary challenge helped drive former GOP Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania into the Democratic Party - raised over $1.5 million this past quarter, his campaign announced Wednesday.

Toomey has brought in over $3.1 million from over 20,000 contributors since announcing his candidacy in April, according to his campaign.

Specter's edge over Toomey in a hypothetical general election matchup appears to have evaporated: polls released last week show the two in a dead heat.


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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. B

    Anyone could take Specter’s place, who should have retired long ago..

    Fool !

    October 7, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. rr

    If the past three years haven't show what a total disaster a democrat controlled congress is, then nothing will.

    Kick all the democrats out of congress! Three years of democrat disaster is enough!

    October 7, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I don't kow but I think Sen Specter should watch out, I think so. Especially with how Tommey just raised his money, is gonna be a showdown.

    I don't know but isn't the veridict still out there? I mean, on Sen Specter? Whether the Dems invited him to his party instead of inviting himself? I seen him a couple of times but haven't really checked or been updated how the Sen can get his seat back, with help.

    I think he should watch out, I think so.

    October 7, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. rw

    Senator Spectre is too cute. Obviously Republicans see him as vulnerable-he is- and they should put there money into this race. Hopefully he loses in a Democratic primary AND there is a real general election choice for the people

    October 7, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Willy Brown

    Sent my check

    October 7, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. HinTN

    And no mention of Snarlin' Arlen's primary opponent, who has a good chance to beat him, Joe Sestak. Fine job of reporting there, CNN

    October 7, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. wheat

    Good for him. Fire the incumbents; all of them!

    October 7, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. The Party of No More

    Nice try Toomey, but now that Benedict Arlen has joined the party with enough power in PA to produce more votes from a city than it has living residents, I suspect that money will be wasted.

    Think I'm kidding? Look it up. Some wards in Philly registered more votes than there were registered voters. And let's not forget that was with Black Panthers manning the polls to make sure the message got across.

    October 7, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Nea

    Yes Americans go ahead and VOTE for all Republicans then we will see what happens when they are in control, Most of them do not have a clue how to handle any one thats down. What to do to help people that donot have healthcare or just homeless and donot have a job if you dont want to spend to help them get on their feet. If you been on top all your life you donot know how it feels to be down and how to go about helping people.

    October 7, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Silence DoGoode

    Specter gotta go

    October 7, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Wake Up

    I have no understanding how 1 person could vote for Arlen Specter. He is the worst kind of politician.

    October 7, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. shmeckel

    People will vote for specter, wow. If dem's lose their majority i wonder what team he will play for.

    October 7, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    With all this money involved in poltics I feel we are actually hurting ourselves. We have in effect, eliminated a lot of people who would have made excellent Congresspeople or Senators soley because of money! Imagine spending millions to get a job that only pays about $180,000 per year for a 6 year or 2 year term! ! It all about the power!

    October 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Idiot_Boehner

    I am sure the health insurance industry is pouring in mega bucks.

    October 7, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. chuck

    Maybe some of that money has been spent already on his side women. Republicans like FUN and FROLIC and carry no concern about the citizens.

    October 7, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. haren

    The way John Corzine is now leading in new jersey same thing will happen in 2010, democrats will gain more seats in congress with economy rebounding and health care bill signed.

    October 7, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Sheryl

    So!!!!!! Money can't buy votes, well not anymore!!!

    October 7, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Danny

    This article and the next one about President Obama helping Dems raise money illustrate exactly why ourt political system is so broken. To be competative you must raise millions of dollars (for a job that pays about 185k), which makes the candidate obligated to big donors when it comes time to vote. I don't know how anyone can say that political contributions, especially from corporations and PACs, are not bribery, but God help us if the Supreme Court decides that limits on how much a corporation can contribute is unconstitutional and impedes their right to free speech. If that happens then politicians will be bought and sold openly and there will be nothing to protect voters from their greed. I personally don't understand how giving money is considered free speech. What I'm doing now is free speech.

    October 7, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Connie, Indiana

    Who are the contributors, must be big corporations, cause the rest of us are poor thanks to the past 8 yrs of Bush and company.

    October 7, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Jim Carroll

    What is taking the Pennsylvanians so long to get rid of Specter? They should know by now the man has gone senile, doesn't know what to do with himself let alone the country's business.

    October 7, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |