The fundraising numbers for the First Quarter of 2014 are in for Pennsylvania’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates — and Allyson Schwartz is on top with $1.5 million raised. Representative Schwartz is followed by the $1.1 million raised by Katie McGinty, then the $600k raised by Tom Wolf, and lastly the $567k raised by Rob McCord.
It’s hard not to notice that Schwartz and McGinty combined raised $2.6 million this quarter — while an aggregated Wolf and McCord raised only a little more than $1.1 million, the amount raised by McGinty herself. Following the money is one way to measure support — and some people will look at these numbers to understandably argue Pennsylvania’s readiness for its first female governor.
In today’s money-driven political system, fundraising is extremely important — especially when gauging which candidate will seemingly have the general election money necessary to compete against a Republican incumbent.
However, the total cash-on-hand numbers skew the results back to Businessman Tom Wolf — the current front-runner — and his massive war-chest:
The most recent non-internal polling matches the overall fundraising numbers fairly well with Wolf in first (33%), Schwartz in second (7%), McCord in third (6%), and McGinty in fourth (4%).