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Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick raises $1 million in most recent campaign finance report

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John Cole, Pennsylvania Capital-Star
April 12, 2024

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-1st District) raised and spent $1 million, according to the first campaign finance report of the year.

From the beginning of January to April 3 the Bucks County Republican raised $1 million, but spent $1.14 million. He’s raised $4.27 million in the election cycle to date, which is the most of any congressional candidate in the commonwealth.

As of last week, Fitzpatrick’s campaign had $3.65 million on hand, which is the second highest in the state’s congressional delegation, trailing only U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-6th District). In April 2022, his campaign had just $1.96 million on hand.

Like previous cycles, Fitzpatrick is facing a challenger in the Republican Party primary election, although he holds a significant fundraising advantage over him. 

Mark Houck, an anti-abortion activist, raised just under $80,000 from the beginning of January to April 3 and spent $75,000. His campaign had $11,000 on hand as of last week.

Republican Party voters in the 1st Congressional District will decide between Fitzpatrick and Houck in the April 23 primary election. 

If Fitzpatrick wins his party’s nomination, he’ll likely face the same challenger he did in 2022. 

Ashley Ehasz, a U.S. Army veteran who lost to Fitzpatrick by nearly 10 points in 2022, appears to have a clear path to the Democratic Party’s nomination for the general election.

Ehasz raised just under $670,000 from the beginning of January to April 3, her strongest quarter during this current campaign and the most of any Democratic challenger in Pennsylvania in the latest campaign finance report. Her campaign spent just over $180,000 during this time period. 

She’s raised $1.37 million in the election cycle to date, which is also the most of any non-incumbent Democrat running for Congress in the state. As of last week her campaign had $820,000 on hand, which is a significant increase in comparison to the nearly $90,000 her campaign had at the beginning of April 2022.

Fitzpatrick is the only Republican member of the state’s U.S. House delegation to represent a district that Biden won in 2020

Former President Donald Trump will be in Fitzpatrick’s district for a fundraiser in Bucks County on Saturday. Fitzpatrick has not said if he will be present at the fundraiser, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, while Houck said he plans to be in attendance. As of April 12, Fitzpatrick is currently the only Republican member of the state’s Congressional delegation who has not yet endorsed Trump’s 2024 bid for the White House. 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) placed Fitzpatrick on its initial 2024 target list.

The Cook Political Report and Inside Elections, two national ratings outlets, rank the race for the 1st Congressional District as “likely Republican.”

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