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PA-01: Fitzpatrick continues to outpace Ehasz in Q4

By: - February 1, 2024 4:37 pm

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U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-1st District) continues to lead the fundraising race for his reelection bid in suburban Philadelphia. Fitzpatrick ended 2023 with the most cash on hand and his total raised in the 2024 election cycle to date is $3.27 million, the biggest war chest of any candidate in Pennsylvania’s U.S. House delegation.

Fitzpatrick’s campaign raised just over $675,000 from the beginning of October to the end of December, while spending just under $235,000. U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-8th District) has the second-highest amount raised in the 2024 election cycle, with a total of $2.6 million. U.S. Rep. Summer Lee (D-12th District) raised the most among Pennsylvania’s U.S. House delegation in just the fourth quarter, with $1.02 million, but her total raised for the 2024 cycle so far is $1.44 million.

Fitzpatrick’s strongest quarter in 2023 was in Q2, when he raised just over $1.1 million. In Q3, he raised just over $705,000 and raised $680,000 in Q1.

Fitpatrick entered January with $3.78 million on hand, the most in the state’s U.S. House delegation and significantly more than he had at this point in the previous cycle. In January 2022, his campaign had just under $2.1 million on hand.

As he has in previous cycles, Fitzpatrick is facing a primary challenger.

Mark Houck, an anti-abortion activist, is challenging Fitzpatrick for the GOP nomination. He spent more than he raised in Q1. His campaign raised $45,000 from the beginning of October to the end of December and spent $47,000. He entered January with a little less than $7,800 on hand.

A rematch may be brewing in the 1st Congressional District as U.S. Army veteran Ashley Ehasz is currently the only Democratic candidate in the race. She challenged Fitzpatrick in 2022, but he won by nearly 10 points to secure his fourth term in Congress.

In Q4, Ehasz’s campaign raised just under $250,000 in Q4 and spent $145,000. She’s raised just under $710,000 since announcing her candidacy in April and entered January with $333,000 on hand. At this point in the previous cycle, her campaign had just under $50,000 on hand. 

Fitzpatrick, who is the only Republican member of the state’s U.S. House delegation to represent a district that Biden won in 2020, is also being targeted by National Democrats in the 2024 cycle. 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) named Fitzpatrick to its 2024 initial target list

The Cook Political Report and Inside Elections both have the race for the 1st Congressional District ranked as “likely Republican.”

This article was updated Feb. 2, 2024 at 3:58 p.m. to correct the figure for Ashley Ehasz’ cash on hand in the previous cycle.

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John Cole
John Cole

John Cole is a journalist based in Philadelphia. He's worked for various outlets such as The Northeast Times, PoliticsPA, and PCN. In these previous roles, he covered a wide range of topics from local civic association meetings to races across the commonwealth. He earned a degree in journalism from Temple University.