Republican Roskam’s war chest dwarfs Casten’s in 6th Congressional race
Though Democrat Sean Casten held his own in fundraising in Illinois’ 6th Congressional District during the second quarter, Republican incumbent Peter Roskam maintains a campaign war chest more than three and a half times greater than his opponent’s, the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) reports.
The Roskam-Casten contest is among the most closely watched November political battles in Illinois. The district includes sections of Downers Grove, Naperville, Wheaton, Algonquin, Barrington and Lake Zurich, according to ICPR.
Roskam raised nearly $964,000 in the second quarter, compared to Casten’s more than $818,000 over the same period, according to financial reports filed this week. But Roskam had more than $2.3 million on hand as the quarter ended, while Casten had $646,750 in funds available, according to ICPR.
Roskam outspent Casten in advertising expenses in the second quarter. Nearly half of Roskam’s expenditures – or $423,632 – in the past three months went to advertising, while Casten spent only $49,270 in promoting himself to voters, the ICPR reported. This indicates the Democrat is keeping funds in reserve for the final push in the fall, according to the ICPR.
A poll conducted by the Garin-Hart Yang Research group in April shows the candidates are separated by a single percentage point – 45 percent for Roskam and 44 percent for Casten.