Pennsylvania Republican Party’s McCormick Defeats Democrat Casey in Fundraising as Super PAC Raises Nearly $18 Million in Five Months
Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Dave McCormick defeated Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) in fundraising in his first quarter as a candidate, while a super PAC backing McCormick raised nearly $18 million since launching five months ago, marks a solid start for the Republican Senate. his campaign.
McCormick’s campaign raised $6.4 million in the fourth quarter, senior strategist Mark Harris said at a news conference Thursday, shattering expectations.
“The bottom line is that for Dave McCormick and the Republicans, things went as well as they could have gone – much better than we could have expected,” he said. “We have crushed every goal that we had internally, and I think here in Pennsylvania it shows a great opportunity for Republicans to win this Senate seat and defeat Bob Casey.”
The haul included $5.4 million from 15,000 donors — Republicans, Democrats and independents — from all 67 Pennsylvania counties. McCormick, a businessman, placed $1 million of his own money into the war chest, the Penn Capitol-Star reports.
“It was a historic move; it was the largest haul of its kind, and it really underscores the excitement surrounding Dave’s candidacy,” Harris noted.
Conversely, Casey’s campaign brought in $3.6 million in the fourth quarter — just over half of what McCormick did, according to the Penn Capitol-Star.
“I want to underscore how important it is to defeat a Democrat; it is very rare for a Republican candidate for office, even incumbents,” Harris pointed out about fundraising in Pennsylvania. He added: “Money is not everything in politics, but it is certainly a first indicator; the fact that we were able to massively outpace Bob Casey is a pretty big development for this race.”
In addition, the pro-McCormick Keystone Renewal PAC announced in an email message Wednesday that it had raised nearly $18 million from August 31 to December 31.
The PAC’s press release noted, “This is the largest amount ever raised by a super PAC supporting a U.S. Senate candidate during a down year in an election cycle.”
Brittany Yanick, a spokeswoman for the Keystone Renewal PAC, noted that the large amount “demonstrates that there is not only real excitement and momentum for McCormick’s candidacy, but also the fact that Pennsylvania is a state that McCormick will win in November. ”
“Additionally, our fundraising efforts are further evidence that Pennsylvanians are willing to elect a proven leader like Dave McCormick, who will work to defeat Bob Casey and the Democrats’ radical agenda in Washington,” she added.
During Thursday’s press call, Breitbart News asked Harris, who noted that the campaign had seen the PAC’s fundraising announcement, how useful it is to have such big numbers so early, especially with major party unity behind McCormick and no serious primary opponent , meaning these funds could be stashed away for the general election.
“I think, look, the files are not open or closed yet, so we are not taking anything for granted and David is busy every day, but certainly the immense unity that the party has shown through the historic expressions of support from the state parties, all the individual endorsements that we’ve rolled out are very encouraging to me and to us, and having that money against Casey one-on-one is a big advantage,” he said. “I mean, historically, not having a significant primary – [former Sen Pat Toomey (R-PA)] not having had a significant primary in any of his races – has been an important piece of the puzzle, and so it’s a great advantage for us, and we’re encouraged. I mean, I think it’s a sign of the strength that Dave has shown as a candidate, his ability to bring all the wings of the Republican Party together to get into the position that he’s in now.
The impressive fundraising announcements come days after McCormick joined Sirius XM’s ranks Breitbart News Saturday, where he discussed his visit to Israel last week, and told host and Breitbart News Washington Bureau Chief Matthew Boyle that Israelis are concerned about Democrats’ “moral ambiguity.”
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