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Meehan Raises More Than $580,000 in Race for Sestak’s Seat

Former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan (R) will report raising $580,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009, according to his campaign.That’s a mighty sum for the first-time Congressional candidate, who Republicans lured from a crowded gubernatorial field this summer to run for Rep. Joe Sestak’s (D) suburban Philadelphia seat. Sestak is running for Senate.Meehan’s campaign did not release a cash-on-hand total but said the likely Republican nominee in the southeastern Pennsylvania district has brought in $790,000 since he announced his bid in mid-September.“These fundraising figures are a reflection of local residents’ dissatisfaction with the direction Congress is taking our country and growing support for my efforts to restore integrity and accountability to Washington,— Meehan said in a statement.Several Democrats have also announced bids for Sestak’s seats, including state Rep. Bryan Lentz, environmental consultant Gail Connor and political consultant E. Teresa Touey. A spokesman for Lentz, the leading candidate in the Democratic primary, did not immediately return a request for comment on his quarterly fundraising totals.

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