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PA-17: Deluzio keeps fundraising pace over Mercuri

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John Cole, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
February 1, 2024

U.S. Rep. Chris Deluzio (D-17th District) kept up a steady fundraising pace in the final three months of the year. 

Deluzio raised just over $460,000 from the beginning of October to the end of December, while spending just under $170,000 during this time period, campaign finance records show. His Q4 haul is nearly identical to his Q3 fundraising total

Deluzio ended 2023 on a strong note compared to the first six months. In Q1, he raised just under $275,000 and raised just over $360,000 in Q2

His campaign has now raised $1.57 million so far this cycle and entered 2024 with $986,000 on hand.

Deluzio doesn’t have a primary opponent as of Feb. 1, so the 2024 race for the seat may already be set. 

Since the last filing, Jim Nelson, a retired sheriff’s deputy and pastor, ended his bid for the GOP nomination, leaving state Rep. Rob Mercuri (R-Allegheny) as the only GOP candidate left standing. 

Mercuri raised just under $205,000 from the beginning of October to the end of December, while spending just over $65,000. This quarter was the first full quarter as a candidate in the race. His campaign raised $150,000 from the date he entered the race in mid-August to the end of September in Q3.

Mercuri’s campaign entered 2024 with $281,000 on hand.

Both parties view this race as a priority this cycle.

Deluzio is one of three Pennsylvania Democrats on the National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) original 2024 list of seats to flip, while the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) labeled Deluzio as one of its “vulnerable” incumbents in March 2023.

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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