April 5th, 2010
02:36 PM ET
4 years ago

Pennsylvania Senate hopeful releases fundraising totals

Pat Toomey's campaign announced Monday that he has more than $4 million on hand.
Pat Toomey's campaign announced Monday that he has more than $4 million on hand.

Washington (CNN) - Pennsylvania Senate hopeful Pat Toomey raised $2.3 million in the first three months of 2010, and has more than $4 million cash on hand, his campaign said Monday.

The former Republican congressman is aiming to unseat five-term Sen. Arlen Specter, who switched from the Republican to Democratic party last spring in part because he did not want to face Toomey in a primary challenge.

"I am very appreciative of the deluge of support I have received for my candidacy," Toomey said in a written statement. "As I travel across the state, I meet more and more Pennsylvanians who want to join our campaign and help bring true change and fiscal sanity to Washington.

Official fundraising totals for the first quarter of 2010 are due April 15, but the early release suggests Toomey believes he has amassed enough of a war chest to mount a vigorous campaign.

Specter will have to defeat challenger Rep. Joe Sestak in the Democratic primary before facing Toomey, the presumptive Republican nominee.

A Franklin and Marshall College survey released March 24 indicates that a hypothetical race between Toomey and Specter is essentially tied, with Toomey's slight advantage falling within the poll's margin of error.


Filed under: 2010 • Arlen Specter • Joe Sestak • Pat Toomey • Pennsylvania
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Emmanuel Goldstein

    As the economy goes, so does the political future of Benedict Arlen.

    April 5, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Glenn Koons

    For pete's sake, if Pa. cannot vote against Arlen after all his years there in the Senate betraying conservs and other Reagan Dems with his wussiness, then the Republic is dead. Pat deserves a chance to put Pa. people to work. Dems won't because they are too busy taxing and spending us into Venezuela.

    April 5, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. thanks, but no thanks

    bring true change and fiscal sanity to Washington. Be aware people who believe that Republicans are for fiscal sanity. We have tried already several of them. And they all brought fiscal insanity. The headline should read fiscal sanity / more tax cuts for the top 1% earners in this country. Why do l have such hard time believing anything they say or do nowadays???

    April 5, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Common Sense

    Looks like the average politician is not experience a recession in cash contributions.....wow!

    April 5, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. gt

    anybody ..but arlen spector ,, he is old ,, has no loyality to either party ..o arlen, cares about himself..., new blood ,, new ideas,,, out with the old... both parties...

    April 5, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Michael M. Noonan

    Please go home, Arlen. No one knows who or what you are.

    April 5, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. Greg

    Arlen or the son of Rick Santorum. I'll take my chances with Arlen than some Jesus freak who wants to move us back to the 19th century.

    April 5, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. hampster

    lets start rousing up those big Democrat doners! Spector need the money to beat this twerp Toomey!

    April 5, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Nick , California

    Its sad to see that these candidates raise millions of dollars and use it to smear, misdirect, misinform, the opposition to win a chair at the power table! Image if all the money from all the candidates went to make our country better instead of divided! Every great society has fallen in the past and our country is on the chopping block!

    April 5, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Steve- Illinois

    Spector is the perfect example of what's wrong in Washington! This guy will change parties and his stance on an issue at the drop of a hat. The ONLY thing that matters with this guy is getting re-elected!!! Send a message, send him packing!!!!

    April 5, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Steve- Illinois

    @thanks but no thanks, your comment is the exact reason you should not vote for Spector! Afterall he was a Republican when all this mess started. The only thing that has changed for Spector is the direction the political winds are blowing.

    April 5, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Hawk in Texas

    Fisical values? from a republican. you have to be kidding me.

    April 5, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Laura, Boston

    Senator Spector is toast!! Why because Obama is backing him and the POTUS is not the most popular guy in Washington right now with Republicans AND Independants (like me)...

    April 5, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Angie in PA

    I kinda of like Joe Sestak but if he loses the Democrat primary i will be voting for Specter no way no how am I ever voting republican again besides the local papers here in Pa has some pretty interesting stories on Toomey CORRUPT!

    April 5, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Rose

    I would be absolutely delighted if Specter lost to Sestak in the primary, but then I suppose he would run as an independent.

    April 5, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. NV

    I oppose our current primary system which gives us candidates beholden to partisan politics rather than to an independent pragmatism. Simply having 3rd, 4th, 5th parties doesn't address the root of the problem which is that having more partisanship is damaging to public governance.

    April 5, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |