Repubs have cash advantage in 6th and 7th Congressional Districts

Second-quarter fundraising numbers are in.

In the Sixth Congressional District, which is centered in Chester County, Republican incumbent Rep. Jim Gerlach raised almost $431,000 and the campaign has more than $541,000 cash on hand, according to federal campaign finance reports. Gerlach, who entered the race early this year after quitting the race for governor, has raised more than $1.36 million this year.

Gerlach’s Democratic challenger, Manan Trivedi, raised about $357,000, and loaned his campaign an additional $36,000. Trivedi, an Iraq war veteran and physician, ended the reporting period with about $329,000 cash on hand. His campaign has raised almost $800,000 this election cycle.

In the Seventh Congressional district, Republican Patrick Meehan raised twice as much as his opponent, bringing in $445,000. The former U.S. Attorney’s campaign has raised $1.6 million during the cycle and reports $1.1 million cash on hand, according to federal financial filings.

Meehan’s democratic opponent, Bryan Lentz, reported raising $230,000, ending the cycle with $786,000 cash on hand. Lentz, a state representative from Swarthmore, Delaware County, has raised just over $1 million total this election cycle, said Vincent Rongione, a campaign spokesman. Lentz’s filings to the Federal Election Commission were not immediately available online at the time of this post: the filing deadline is midnight.