Kratovil edges Harris in Q2 funding, pads cash lead
Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil raised $390,413 and boosted his money advantage over his likely Republican opponent during the three-month period ending June 30, his campaign announced Wednesday afternoon.
Kratovil's haul slightly exceeded that of Republican state Sen. Andy Harris, who said a day earlier that he collected $371,323 in the same period. But cash-on-hand figures released by both camps showed the Democrat pulling away from the challenger he narrowly defeated in 2008.
Kratovil and Harris are expected to face each other in Maryland's most competitive congressional election this fall.
Some analysts regard Kratovil, a freshman, as the underdog in the conservative First District, which takes in portions of Baltimore, Harford and Anne Arundel counties, plus the entire Eastern Shore.
Both campaigns are required to file their quarterly reports with the Federal Election Commission by Thursday.
Harris reported a cash balance of $896,742 as of June 30, an improvement over the previous quarter.
Kratovil's cash-on-hand figure was $1,325,058, his campaign said.
Apparently, the Democrat has been more conservative with his campaign money. He now holds a $428,000 cash edge over Harris, up from $291,000 three months earlier, when Harris had succeeded in narrowing the gap.
"Momentum is continuing to build behind Frank's campaign, and these fundraising numbers mean that he will have the resources needed to continue to promote his message," Kratovil campaign manager Jessica Klonsky said in a statement.
(Posted by Paul West)