In the competitive race for the state’s North Shore-anchored congressional seat, Democrat Seth Moulton significantly outraised Republican Richard Tisei in the five and a half weeks that ended Sept. 30, but Tisei ended last month with a lot more in the bank, according to new filings with the Federal Election Commission.
Moulton, an Iraq War veteran seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, raised a whopping $602,000 from Aug. 21 - Sept. 30. That period that included the Sept. 9 state primary in which he beat incumbent US Representative John F. Tierney for the Democratic nomination. During that time, Tisei, a former state senator, pulled in $341,000.
Moulton, who engaged in a ferocious battle with Tierney, spent significantly more over those weeks than Tisei, who did not face a challenge for the Republican nomination.
Tisei, an openly gay, socially moderate candidate who has strong support from national Republicans and is seen as a strong contender in Democratic Massachusetts, ended last month with $608,000 in the bank. Moulton had $372,000.
“We’ve been pleased with the pace of the fundraising,” said Moulton adviser Scott Ferson. “People have been really supportive and generous — including people who didn’t support us during the primary.”
After Sept. 9, Moulton received contributions from some of the campaigns of members of the all-Democratic Massachusetts congressional delegation, including US Representatives Katherine M. Clark, Stephen F. Lynch, and Michael E. Capuano.
Tisei’s campaign, for its part, expressed confidence it would have the cash needed for the intense push toward Nov. 4.
“We’re very confident we have the resources we need for the final ... days of the race,” said Tisei spokesman Charlie Szold.
Also running in the Sixth Congressional District, which runs from Bedford to Salisbury to Rockport, is independent candidate Christopher J. Stockwell of Marblehead, who reported $14,000 in the bank on Sept. 30.Joshua Miller can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos.