The race for Delaware’s two open seats on Capitol Hill has brought out several new faces looking to give Democratic incumbents Sen. Tom Carper and Rep. John Carney a run for their money. But according to the latest campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, the cash is moving in at a slow pace for the challengers, who are facing incumbents with a clear fundraising advantage.


The race for Delaware’s two open seats on Capitol Hill has brought out several new faces looking to give Democratic incumbents Sen. Tom Carper and Rep. John Carney a run for their money. But according to the latest campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, the cash is moving in at a slow pace for the challengers, who are facing incumbents with a clear fundraising advantage.

Carper is scheduled to face Smyrna resident Keith Spanarelli in a Sept. 11 primary, in which the winner will challenge Republican candidate Kevin Wade of New Castle and Dewey Beach business owner Alex Pires, an Independent, in the general election Nov. 6. Carney, on the other hand, has no primary challenger and thus will face the winner of the Republican primary between New Castle County Council President Tom Kovach and Wilmington resident and returning candidate Rose Izzo. Also seeking Carney’s congressional seat is Libertarian Scott Gesty of Wilmington.

Here is a look at where the candidates stand financially:

U.S. Senate

Tom Carper, Democratic incumbent

Total raised: $2,691,591

Total spent: $1,095,950

Cash on hand: $2,337,958

Noteworthy donors: Delaware State University President Harry Williams donated $200; David Singleton, a University of Delaware administrator, donated $1,650; former Delaware Department of Education Secretary Valerie Woodruff donated $100.

 

Keith Spanarelli, Democratic candidate

Total raised: $17,530 (Spanarelli loaned to his campaign)

Total spent: $13,240

Cash on hand: $4,290

Noteworthy donors: Not available

 

Kevin Wade, Republican candidate

Total raised: $98,173 (includes $10,000 Wade donated to campaign)

Total spent: $74,512

Cash on hand:$23,661

Noteworthy donors: 2010 Republican Congressional Candidate Michele Rollins donated $2,400; Sussex Victory PAC donated $1,000; State Rep. Greg Lavelle donated $250.

 

Alex Pires, Independent candidate

Total raised: $121,305 (Includes $50,000 Pires donated to campaign)

Total spent: $78,955

Cash on hand: $42,349

Noteworthy donors: Not available

 

U.S. House of Representatives

John Carney, Democratic incumbent

Total raised: $1,026,602

Total spent: $244,364

Cash on hand: $760,762

Noteworthy donors: Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock donated $500; Former State Lottery Director Wayne Lemons donated $750; U.S. Senatorial Candidate Alex Pires donated $2,500.

 

Rose Izzo, Republican candidate

Total raised: $12,127 (Includes $7,175 Izzo loaned the campaign)

Total spent: $6,518

Cash on hand: $5,609

Noteworthy donors: Not available

 

Tom Kovach, Republican candidate

Total raised: $140,325 (Includes $10,000 Kovach donated to campaign)

Total spent: $110,238

Cash on hand: $30,087

Noteworthy donors: Former Delaware Congressman Michael Castle donated $445; State Rep. Greg Lavelle donated $250; 2010 Republican Congressional Candidate Michele Rollins donated $5,000.

 

Scott Gesty, Libertarian candidate

While Gesty has filed with the Federal Elections Commissions, no financial contributions or spending were listed.

 

Source: Federal Election Commission — Financial reports are filed on a quarterly basis, with the last filing deadline taking place July 15, representing financial data through June 30, 2012. The next filing deadline is Oct. 15.