April 15th, 2010
02:59 PM ET
4 years ago

Toomey tops Specter in fundraising

Sen. Arlen Specter was not able to match the fundraising pace set by Pat Toomey in the first quarter.
Sen. Arlen Specter was not able to match the fundraising pace set by Pat Toomey in the first quarter.

Washington (CNN) - According to fundraising numbers released Thursday by Sen. Arlen Specter's re-election campaign, the five-term senator raised only half as much cash as his probable Republican challenger in the first three months of 2010.

Specter, a Democrat, brought in $1.16 million in the first quarter, while his likely Republican opponent, Pat Toomey, reported a haul of $2.3 million over the same period.

Specter switched from the Republican to Democratic party in part because he did not want to face Toomey, the former president of the conservative group Club for Growth, in a primary challenge.

But Specter's campaign said the senator has $9.06 million cash on hand, far more than Toomey's reported $4 million.

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 (10 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    Ah yes... another picture of Specter looking like he just spent an unsuccessful couple of hours on a capitol hill commode.

    Bran muffins, Arlen... bran muffins.

    April 15, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Mike

    You will not be saying goodbye alone spectre, alot of your liberal friends will be going out the door with you. I say good riddance to all liberals including nobamby.

    April 15, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Steve, New York City

    I don't know which one of them is worse – a right-wing numbskull like Toomey, or Specter, who pulled this Joe Lieberman party-switching crap so he could stay in power?

    April 15, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Larry

    Specter is another old school politician who needs to go. These career politicians who have been in Washington forever are what's wrong with Washington.

    Too much special interest influence over them.

    April 15, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Bob in Pa

    He tops Arlen in being a stand up guy as well..

    April 15, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Larry

    This is no surprise. The rich republicans have more money so they want to elect those that help the rich get richer. Of course more money is raised by Patty "Sock it" To me>

    April 15, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Jerry - Florida

    Time to kick the turncoat out. Mr. Specter, if you think President NObama will save your hide, think again!

    April 15, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. marya

    OK, folks,
    It's time to start sending as much money to Joe Sestak as you can afford. He CAN beat Toomey, especially if Specter gives him his money. Things are heating up!

    April 15, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. gt

    retire already... come on arlen retire...your old and have no new ideas,

    April 15, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    It's not all about the money. It's what you stand for and we know what the party of no stands for . . . . . nobody buyt themselves.

    April 15, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |