Delaney’s campaign, meanwhile, has spent the post-primary period holding dozens of volunteer events and making more than 100,000 calls to voters.
Unusual for a competitive race, the two campaigns have not directly engaged each other by trading volleys in the media.
“There hasn’t been the back and forth,” said Justin Schall, Delaney’s campaign manager. “It’s given us time to focus on infrastructure or messaging, really allowed to concentrate on building up our campaign operation.”
Delaney has also been soliciting public endorsements and appearances from people and groups who backed his primary foe, state Sen. Robert J. Garagiola (D-Montgomery).
Both candidates have also been busy fundraising.
Delaney, founder of the Chevy Chase commercial lender CapitalSource, raised far more than his opponent from outside donors in the Democratic primary while contributing more than $1.6 million of his own. From April through June, Delaney raised $452,000, and he had about $220,000 in the bank as of June 30. Bartlett did better than usual in the second quarter, raising $377,000, with $548,000 left.
In Virginia, millions of dollars from outside groups have poured into the state to buy TV ads, both for the heated Senate contest between George Allen (R) and Timothy M. Kaine (D), and for the presidential race. Nationwide, Republican and Democratic campaign committees have reserved airtime in dozens of key House districts.
Yet none of that outside money or attention has found its way into Maryland’s 6th District, and perhaps it never will. Washington is a prohibitively expensive market in which to buy broadcast airtime, and both sides know Delaney has the means to write a seven-figure check if he deems it necessary.
“The parties’ energies are focused elsewhere, in part because Republicans didn’t get the Democratic candidate they wanted in the primary,” Wasserman said. “It’s unclear whether Republicans can afford to bail Bartlett out.”