Tom Smith, the former coal company owner from Armstrong County in Western Pennsylvania, has invested another $10 million of his own money into his campaign to unseat first term U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr.
Smith spent just shy of $5 million of his own money to win a five-way Republican primary election. He put another $1.5 million of his own cash into the race after the primary.
That brings his total campaign investment to $16,475,000 this year. Smith, in a campaign finance report due today, said he had $7 million in the bank as of Sept. 30. He reported raising $1.6 million from individuals and political action committees from July 1 to Sept. 30.
That puts Casey at a disadvantage when it comes to resources. Casey today reported having $5.2 million in his campaign coffers as of Sept. 30. He raised $1.5 million from July 1 to Sept. 30 and spent $2.5 million. His campaign has very little debt, just $5,261.
The polling in this race has become a little chaotic, with three weeks to go until the Nov. 6 general election.
- Public Policy Polling, in a new poll released today, said Casey holds an 11-point lead over Smith, 50-39 percent.
- An Allentown Morning Call/Muhlenberg University Poll released today that showed a narrow race, with Casey over Smith 41-39 percent.
- The Philadelphia Inquirer, in a poll released last week, had Casey leading Smith 48-38 percent.