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Pennsylvania: Personal Money Spikes Pike’s Fundraising

One reason Pennsylvania Democrat Doug Pike is an early favorite to capture the state’s southeastern 6th District is the significant personal resources he’s willing to invest in his campaign.

Pike, who is vying to succeed Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach, a 2010 candidate for governor, gave his campaign $510,000 in this year’s second quarter, or about 77 percent of his total receipts of $664,000. That was the most money raised in the reporting period by a non-incumbent 2010 candidate for the House.

When Pike, a former editorial writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, announced his candidacy in early April, Democratic officials said that he would be willing to part with $1 million of his own money on the race.

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