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Burns Flush With Cash With 12 Days to Go Before Pa. Special

Mark Critz, the Democratic nominee in the special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th district, is headed into the final 12 days of the campaign with a serious cash disadvantage.

Critz reported $73,000 in cash on hand plus an additional $40,000 in debt in pre-election fundraising reports released Thursday.

Businessman Tim Burns, the GOP nominee, reported having more than four times that sum, with $308,000 in the bank. Burns also loaned his campaign about $225,000.

Also on Thursday, Critz filed a 48-hour fundraising report that showed he had raised $70,000 since the pre-primary reporting period closed on April 28. Burns, meanwhile, filed a 48-hour report that showed he had pulled in $88,000.

Both candidates spent about the same amount in the pre-primary period from April 1-28. Burns spent about $605,000, and Critz spent $630,000.

National Republicans, however, have dumped more into the race on behalf of Burns: The National Republican Congressional Committee has spent $728,000 on the race, while the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported spending $641,000 as of Friday afternoon.

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