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Pennsylvania: Three Main Contenders Raise Seven Figures

If you needed confirmation that the 2010 Senate race will be a big-spending affair, it came in announcements this week from the campaigns of Democratic incumbent Arlen Specter, primary challenger Joe Sestak and likely Republican nominee Pat Toomey.

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Specter’s campaign said Tuesday that it raised $1.73 million in the second quarter of this year — a three-month period that straddled Specter’s late April announcement that he was switching his party affiliation from Republican to Democratic. He has $7.5 million left to spend.

Sestak, the congressman from Pennsylvania’s 7th District, said on Monday that he raised $1 million in the second quarter and has $4.2 million left to spend. Though Sestak has neither officially announced his candidacy not set up a Senate campaign account, he is permitted to use the funds in his House campaign account for a Senate race.

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