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The primary is still 11 days away, but the winners of the race for cash in Maryland’s lone competitive congressional contest are already clear.
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R) and financier John Delaney (D) are well ahead of their respective primary opponents on the fundraising front, according to new Federal Election Commission reports, giving them a key advantage ahead of the April 3 balloting.
Bartlett’s lead is particularly wide. The incumbent, running for an 11th term in a seat redrawn to be competitive, reported raising $218,000 between Jan. 1 and March 14, and he had $317,000 left in the bank as of the latter date.
(Bartlett originally filed a report saying he had $639,000 in the bank, but he filed an amended report Friday, and his campaign released a statement attributing the cash on hand discrepancy to a problem with the FEC’s software.)
His two main Republican primary opponents did far worse: state Sen. David Brinkley (Frederick) raised $21,000 over the same period and had $33,000 left over, while state Del. Kathy Afzali (Frederick) took in just $20,000 — including a $10,000 loan from her own pocket — and had only $8,000 in the bank.
The Democratic primary contest has been much more heated and expensive.
Delaney reported raising $716,000 from outside contributors over the two-and-a-half month period, and, taking advantage of his wealth, he also gave his campaign $1.25 million. Delaney had $411,000 in the bank as of March 14.
State Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola (D-Montgomery), meanwhile, took in $233,000 during the same time-frame and had $168,000 on hand. Air Force doctor Milad Pooran raised $42,000 with $115,000 in the bank, though the underdog candidate announced this week that he would put in $200,000 of his own money.