Former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey is enjoying a good week. The Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College Poll on Wednesday showed Toomey holding a 14-point lead among likely voters in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in the Nov. 2 general election. The poll showed Toomey also has a 22-point lead on U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, who is trying to knock off Specter in the May 18 Democratic primary election.
Toomey celebrated the poll's result by releasing details of his campaign's fund-raising for 2009, four days ahead of the Jan. 31 deadline for candidates to file an annual report with the Federal Elections Commission. Toomey said he has raised $4.9 million from more than 30,000 donors since he entered the race in April. He raised $1.67 million of that in the last quarter of the year, from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.
Toomey, who nearly beat Specter in the 2004 Republican primary election, said his current campaign already has twice the number of donors that he attracted six years ago. You can read his news release after the jump.
For Immediate Release—January 27, 2010
Toomey Raises $1.67 Million in Fourth Quarter
Allentown, PA – U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey announced today that his campaign has raised over $1.67 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. Since Mr. Toomey’s announcement of his candidacy in April 2009, the campaign has raised $4.9 million from over 30,000 contributors. Mr. Toomey has already doubled the total number of donors amassed during the entirety of his 2004 Senate run.
In addition to a successful fund-raising quarter—his best quarter to date—an independent Franklin and Marshall College poll demonstrated today that Mr. Toomey is leading both incumbent Democratic Senator Arlen Specter and Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak in general election match-ups. It is clear that Mr. Toomey’s message of fiscal discipline and balance in Washington is resonating with people across Pennsylvania.
“I am honored by the thousands of people who have contributed to my campaign,” Mr. Toomey said. “People all across Pennsylvania are rallying to our message of fiscal responsibility and economic growth. They are growing increasingly frustrated with the extreme, big-government policies coming from Washington and want to see an end to the out-of-control spending, endless bailouts, and backroom deals. Together, I believe we will win the fight for fiscal sanity, responsible government, and economic prosperity.”