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Deluzio adds to fundraising lead over Mercuri for PA-17

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John Cole, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
April 12, 2024

U.S. Rep. Chris Deluzio (D-17th District) added to his fundraising advantage over his Republican opponent in his bid for a second term. 

According to new campaign finance records, Deluzio raised just under $760,000 from the beginning of January to April 3, while spending just under $255,000 during this time period. 

His latest haul is his strongest of the election cycle so far. His previous three-month high during the 2024 campaign was last quarter, when his campaign raised just over $460,000

Deluzio’s campaign has now raised $2.3 million in the election cycle to date and had $1.49 million on hand as of last week, which is a significant improvement from this point in the previous cycle when he entered April 2022 with just over $155,000 on hand.

Deluzio is the only Democrat running for the seat in western Pennsylvania, and state Rep. Rob Mercuri (R-Allegheny) appears to have a clear path to his party’s nomination, setting up a showdown between the two in November. 

Mercuri raised just under $330,000 from the beginning of January to April 3, while spending $70,000. His latest haul is an improvement over the previous quarter, when his campaign raised just under $205,000 in the final three months of 2023. 

As of April 4, Mercuri’s campaign had $540,000 cash on hand.

Although the primary election takes place on April 23, both parties have their sights set on November for this seat.

President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit the Pittsburgh-area for the first time this year on Wednesday.

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) original 2024 list of seats to flip included Deluzio’s 17th District. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) placed Deluzio on its “vulnerable” incumbents list for the cycle. 

As of April, national ratings outlets such as the Cook Political ReportLarry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, and Inside Elections have the 17th Congressional District race rated as “lean Democratic.”

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