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Cartwright leads Pennsylvania U.S. House delegation with $1.38M in latest campaign finance report

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright D-8th District (Credit: Cartwright Campaign)

John Cole, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
April 12, 2024

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-8th District) raised more money than any other member of Pennsylvania’s U.S. House delegation over the last three months. 

Cartwright’s campaign raised just under $1.38 million from the beginning of January to April 3 and spent $240,000, according to new campaign finance records. His campaign has raised $3.98 million in the election cycle to date, which is the second highest in the state’s congressional delegation, trailing only U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-1st District). 

Cartwright’s latest filing is the strongest quarter he’s had in the 2024 cycle. 

As of last week, Cartwright’s campaign had $3.15 million on hand, a sizable increase in comparison to this point in the previous cycle. When the Lackawanna County Democrat entered April in 2022, his campaign had $2 million on hand. 

Cartwright is the only Democrat seeking his party’s nomination for the district in Northeast Pennsylvania, while Rob Bresnahan, a businessman, is the only Republican candidate for the seat.

Bresnahan raised just under $730,000 from the beginning of January to April 3, which includes a $400,000 loan he gave to his campaign. His campaign has raised $1.42 million in the election cycle to date, which is more than any other Republican challenger, although $800,000 of that are from loans he made to his campaign. 

Bresnahan’s campaign spent just under $530,000 over the last three months. As of last week, his campaign had just under $835,000 on hand, which appears to be more than any other non-incumbent in the state.

Without other credible candidates in the race, the general election is essentially starting early in the 8th Congressional District. 

As has been the case over the past few cycles, both parties are targeting the seat.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has placed Cartwright on its 2024 target list, while The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) also placed him in its “Frontline Program” aimed at protecting incumbent House Democrats most at risk this cycle. 

Former President Donald Trump carried the current boundaries of the 8th District in 2016 and 2020, making it the only Democrat-represented Congressional district in Pennsylvania to have that distinction. President Joe Biden’s childhood home of Scranton is also in Cartwright’s district. 

Trump will be just south of the district on Saturday for a rally in the Lehigh Valley, while Biden will visit Scranton on Tuesday for a “major address” regarding tax code.

The Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, national ratings outlets, label the race for the 8th District as a “toss-up.”

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