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Janelle Stelson raises $1.3 million

Janelle Stelson, the Democrat challenging Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), raised an impressive $1.3 million in the last quarter and has more than $1 million cash on hand. Roughly 80% of the donations were small donor gifts, according to her campaign.

That’s pretty notable for a political newcomer taking on a six-term incumbent.

Perry hasn’t released his numbers yet, but we previously reported he had a little more than $500,000 cash on hand. The incumbent has also been hit with legal fees due to his lawsuit against the federal government after the FBI seized his phone as part of the Jan. 6 investigation.

Pennsylvania’s 10th District currently leans R+4, but Democrats have sought to make it a viable pickup opportunity this year.

A June poll from Franklin & Marshall College suggested the race is currently at a virtual tie with Stelson down just one point to Perry.

We’ll note, though, that Perry’s margins of victory in each general election have improved since 2018.

Stelson is a former Harrisburg TV news anchor who has moderated debates involving Perry in previous cycles. Perry is the former chair of the House Freedom Caucus.

— Mica Soellner

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