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After starting TV blitz, Holden banks half-a-million

After starting TV blitz, Holden banks half-a-million

His TV advertising campaign well under way, Congressman Tim Holden (D-17) entered the home stretch before Election Day with a little more than half-a-million bucks still at his disposal, according to campaign finance data.

Holden raised about $206,000 during the third quarter of the year, according to his campaign finance report. Through September, he had spent almost $400,000 on TV. And he finished the period with about $528,000 in cash on hand.

The Democratic incumbent faces Republican Dave Argall in the central Pennsylvania district, in a race that’s currently No. 10 on the Congressional Power Rankings. Campaign finance reports are not due until Oct. 15, and Argall’s fundraising numbers had not yet been reported.

October 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm Staff

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  1. KG

    Oct 7th, 2010

    Dave Argall is waiting to release his numbers because they’re lackluster, and he’s hoping to bury them in the later flood of reporting.

    Argall will never have enough money to compete with Holden on TV – the district includes the Philly, Harrisburg, and Scranton markets.

    No pay raise in the world would be enough to make up that cash gap.

  2. Jim

    Oct 8th, 2010

    That Holden photo just creeps me out.

  3. Molly Maquire

    Oct 8th, 2010

    The district does not include the Philadelphia media market. It is Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (WNEP and Fox), Harrisburg (WGAL, WHTM, FOX) and Berks has one network affiliate (WFMZ). Yes, Philly Channel 6 network is picked up in Schuylkill and Berks, but no one watches it (no one gives a rip about Philly news outside of Philly) The players are WNEP out of Scranton, WFMZ in Berks, and WGAL and WHTM in Harrisburg. Not the cheapest media market in PA, but not nearly the most expensive either.

  4. KG

    Oct 8th, 2010

    Touche Molly, but even a decent presence in 1 media market is beyond the ability of Dave Argall’s puny fundraising.

  5. yourkiddenme

    Oct 8th, 2010

    Is Argall even making payroll?

    He’s been mostly invisible in the areas of the district where most of the voters live.

    He’s a creepy little guy. Doesn’t appear to be getting much traction.

  6. Yuengling is tasty

    Oct 8th, 2010

    Argall is going to surprise a lot of people, except Tim Holden, who is already crapping himself.

  7. Matt

    Oct 11th, 2010

    I thought this would be an easy win for Holden but I’m starting to get a little worried. In driving around the district I’m seeing alot more Argall signs then Holden signs and have yet to see a yard that has Corbett, Toomey and Holden signs together, which is suprising because Holden is/used to be popular with alot of republicans. I wish there was some poll numbers to show if what I’m seeing is true or just an anomoly.

  8. Molly Maguire

    Oct 12th, 2010

    Yard signs are statistically meaningless, not to mention silly. For example some people like to talk about how they won’t vote for a candidate if they don’t see enough of his/her yard signs or aren’t easily able to get a hold of one or twenty or ten thousand. Those people shouldn’t be allowed to vote. They also shouldn’t be allowed to operate heavy machinery.

  9. Matt

    Oct 12th, 2010

    Molly, I know they are statistically meaningless. I’m just saying that the absence of them has me a little worried.

  10. Donna S

    Nov 1st, 2010

    To yourkiddenme To make a remark about Argall being a creepy little guy is an example of how one judges a person simply by how he looks. You will never meet a more personable, likeable person than Dave. He is a neighbor in my community and a more down to earth, moral and family man you could never have in Washington. Even the Democrats in our community like him. Some might hot believe in some of his politics, but Dave is friends with everybody. We know “who has the big money” wins the election mostly in this country. Anyone who does not want change in this country at the present time is living in a fairy tale. Argall might not have the “height” as Tim Holden but he represents someone I would like to see bring change which is desperately needed at this time. I hope people go to the polls and not vote for the “best looking candidate!” Besides, Dave is a good looking guy! lol

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