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Townsend has early fundrasing lead in Delaware's U.S. House race

Delaware Public Media

State Sen. Bryan Townsend (D-Newark) is winning the fundraising race among those vying to grab Delaware’s lone congressional seat this fall.

Federal records show Townsend’s campaign raising more than $212,000 since September. That’s well ahead of state Rep. Bryon Short (D-Brandywine Hundred), who drummed up another $80,000 in the last quarter of the year to total about $152,000 for 2015.


Lisa Blunt Rochester, whose family has been involved in Wilmington politics for decades, took in nearly $104,000 for September’s primary, with more cash waiting if she moves on to the general election.


Rochester also loaned herself about $29,000 of that total.


Longtime political aide Sean Barney has a sizeable amount set aside for the general election as well, with just under $65,000 raised for the primary.


All four are looking to grab the Democratic Party nomination to replace outgoing Congressman John Carney, who’s seeking the open governor’s seat this year.


As far as cash on hand, Townsend still holds a slight lead with about $124,000 compared to Short's $121,000. Rochester isn't far behind with roughly $115,000, while Barney trails with just under $62,000 for the primary.


Top Republican contender Hans Reigle raised about $51,000 for the election cycle so far since announcing his campaign last April – far above perennial candidate Rose Izzo’s $17 in contributions.


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