|By Ed Palattella, Erie Times-News, Pa.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
New financial filings show the campaign committees for the two incumbent Republicans running for the House --
The campaign committees of the respective Democratic challengers --
Among the Republicans, Kelly's campaign committee received
The figures are in the most recent
For the full 2012 election cycle, which covered the entire 2012 race, Kelly's campaign received
Thompson's campaign committee received
Among the Democrats, the committee for LaVallee, who was unopposed in the May primary, raised
During that same period in 2012, the committee for Missa Eaton, a Democrat who lost to Kelly on
The fundraising differences among the Democratic nominees are also pronounced in the
Kelly and Thompson both won easily in 2012, with Kelly facing a harder challenge. Kelly, 66, an auto dealer who was first elected in 2010, defeated
Thompson, 54, a former health-care worker and manager first elected in 2008, defeated Dumas, a
In the current race, Taylor, 38, a lawyer, and LaVallee, who is in his mid-20s and formerly worked in health insurance, would be expected to raise less money than the incumbents, said
He said incumbents win in 90 percent of their races, and that donors want to give to candidates "who will be in office." Political action committees especially, he said, "almost always want to give to people who are going to win."
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