Former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan, who got a fundraising jump on Democrats in the battle for the Pennsylvania 7th District House seat, has maintained his lead, according to the most recent figures from the Federal Election Commission.
Meehan, who is running unopposed in the Republican primary, is one of four candidates seeking to replace Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak, who is challenging Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary.
In the first quarter of 2010 Meehan raised $343,000 and ended the quarter with $875,000 cash on hand. Although three Democrats have filed to run for the open seat, only one filed an April quarterly campaign finance report. In the first quarter of 2010 state Rep. Bryan Lentz raised more than $236,000 and ended the quarter with slightly more than $607,000 cash on hand. Attorney Gail Conner and political consultant E. Teresa Touey are the other two Democratic candidates.
Meehan led the Eastern District of Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney’s Office from 2001 to 2008,
The primary election will take place May 18.