Toomey Has Big Money Lead On Sestak In Senate Race

The Federal Election Commission July quarterly reports, for the fund-raising period from April 1 to June 30, are not due until Thursday but former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, is already declaring victory in the money race over U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic nominee.

Toomey this afternoon said he raised $3.1 million in the last quarter and has $4.65 million in the bank as of July 1.  A Sestak spokesman told the Associated Press today that he raised $2 million in the quarter and has $2 million in the bank.  Toomey started spending some of that money last Wednesday, running a new round of television campaign commercials.  Sestak yesterday would not say when he was going to follow suit.

The Quinnipiac University Poll is expected to release a new poll of registered Pennsylvanian voters tomorrow morning, showing how Toomey and Sestak are doing in the run-up to the Nov. 2 general election.  The last poll that tested the two candidates in a match-up, conducted by Quinnipiac five days before Sestak defeated U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in the May 18 Democratic primary election, showed Sestak and Toomey in a virtual tie.