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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Rep. Tim Holden (D-Pa.) was burning up the phone lines to his Congressional colleagues in March, just a few weeks ahead of his competitive primary.
Dozens of Democratic House Members anted up more than $70,000 for Holden’s campaign, the Congressman estimated in an interview with Roll Call today.
“Absolutely, it’s a competitive race,” Holden said minutes before a county Democratic Party fundraiser. “We’re being outspent, there’s no question about it. We’re working like we’re 20 points behind, and we’re working every day at it.”
In Holden’s most competitive race in a decade, the Congressman faces attorney Matt Cartwright in the Democratic primary on April 24. Republicans overhauled Holden’s 17th district last year, adding vast amounts of new territory for the 10-term incumbent, including the Democratic strongholds of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Full story