Republicans still haven’t found a challenger to run against U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, but he keeps piling up the campaign cash anyway.
Cartwright, a top target for Republicans again next year, picked up $286,163 in the second quarter of this year, leaving him with $818,483.
One of the region’s other congressmen, Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser, who’s unlikely to have serious opposition, raised $85,800 and ended the quarter with $101,316.
Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Keller emerged as the champ among the local congressmen for second-quarter fundraising, but he had an actual election deal with.
Keller beat Democrat Marc Friedenberg in the special election May 21 to replace Tom Marino, who resigned in January.
Keller started the quarter with $163,665, raised $487,141 and spent $510,205, leaving him with $140,600. (If it doesn’t add up exactly, it’s a rounding error).
Spending so much to beat Friedenberg seems like a waste of money, but Friedenberg had some money to spend.
He started the second quarter with $148,825, raised $100,531 and spent $168,249, leaving him with $81,108.
Nonetheless, Keller won by 2 to 1 in the heavily Republican district.
Clearly, Republicans worried about keeping the seat and spent big to get Keller elected, but they needn’t have worried. He was a lock to beat Friedenberg and his seat is safe for Republicans for at least for 2020.