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Bartlett had best fundraising quarter in years, but is still outraised

Republican Rep.Roscoe G. Bartlett, who is fighting to retain control of Maryland's 6th Congressional District, posted his best fundraising quarter in years on Friday, but was nevertheless outraised by his Democratic challenger, John Delaney.

Bartlett, a 10-term incumbent, has been improving his fundraising effort and collected just over $372,000 in the past three months, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission Friday. But Delaney, a Potomac banker who beat the party's pick in the April primary, is expected to raise slightly more than $450,000 in the same period, his campaign said. 

Bartlett is in the race of his political career this year after lawmakers in Annapolis redrew the 6th District to be more friendly to Democrats. The Republican has signficantly more cash on hand -- $547,909 to Delaney's roughly $220,000 -- which gives him a solid leg up heading into the next quarter. But it's worth noting that because he never faced signficant primary opposition, Bartlett had to spend far less money earlier this year.

Similiarly, while Delaney's burn rate is much higher -- the campaign spent nearly $547,000 in the period compared to about $107,000 for Bartlett -- the report covers the final days of the primary election, when Delaney was running last-minute television ads in what had been expected to be a close election while Bartlett's position had looked very strong by March.

Delaney's campaign said none of their contribtuons (aside from the potential for a handful of small in-kind donations) came from the candidate himself. Delaney had spent about $1.7 million of his own money on the primary -- a potent number that has had implications for how outside groups in both parties have viewed the race.  

The election is Nov. 6. 

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