February 1, 2012
Wilmington, NC: FEC filings released today show that 2010 conservative GOP nominee Ilario Pantano has surged 10% in his best fundraising quarter of 2011.
Pantano’s momentum is noteworthy as his opponent, lobbyist What the fundraising totals and new polls reflect is that as voters in the new 7th district have gotten to know both of the candidates over the last seven months, support for Pantano has increased, and support for his opponent has eroded.David Rouzer, has seen his support fall off 60% from the third quarter to the fourth quarter in 2011. This drop in fundraising ability is reflected by polls recently released by the Pantano campaign, showing Pantano’s lead over his opponent widening 20% to 48-21, and Pantano’s likeability also increasing. Pantano’s strength is particularly noteworthy because of the $2 million in negative ads the Democrats leveled against him in 2010.
What the fundraising totals and new polls reflect is that as voters in the new Seventh District district have gotten to know both of the candidates over the last seven months, support for Pantano has increased, and support for his opponent has eroded.
Andy Yates with the Pantano for Congress Campaign said the following: “While the average North Carolina family is struggling to pay their mortgage and couldn’t be bothered with the insider politics of fundraising figures, this news sends a clear message to the special interests supporting Rouzer in Raleigh and in Washington that the viability of his candidacy may have been over sold. Pantano wants to go to Washington to reform it, but the lobbyists supporting Rouzer clearly expect him to conform to it, which is why they have invested so heavily in Rouzer’s candidacy.”Yates continued, “The polls and fundraising numbers show us that Pantano’s experience in the Marines and Rouzer’s experience as a lobbyist put them at opposite ends of the ideological spectrum. One sees government as service, the other sees government as a career.”
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