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Published by Laura Olson on .

A deeper look at the daily campaign finance reports so far for the general election's final 10 days shows state GOP candidates with the largest last-minute fundraising tallies.

Republican D. Raja -- as we noted earlier -- outpaces all of his fellow statewide or General Assembly candidates in fundraising since Oct. 23, with much of his $610,000 total from his own personal accounts.

Following him is GOP attorney general candidate David Freed, who collected $158,450 so far during the daily reporting period. Among those are $25,000 from major GOP donor Lance Shaner and another $25,000 from PA Future Fund, run by GOP national committeeman Bob Asher.

His Democratic opponent, Kathleen Kane, raised another $54,250 since Oct. 23, which includes $10,000 from the state trial lawyers PAC.

In the reports due Friday, Freed lead Kane in cash on hand, $1.5 million to $1 million, though she had a 20 point advantage in the Philadelphia Inquirer poll out yesterday.

Also among the top candidate totals in the sprint to the finish are some significant contributions from GOP state and caucus fundraising arms, including aid to several state House contenders that Democrats hope to topple:

- Rep. Joe Hackett, a Delaware County Republican has reported just shy of $150,000 so far, including a $94,000 boost from the state GOP.

- Rep. Warren Kampf of Chester County tallied $118,288, which includes about $75,000 from the House Republican Campaign Committee, $20,000 from the Chester County Republican committee and $6,669 from the state party.

- Freshman state Rep. Justin Simmons, from the Lehigh Valley, listed $57,452 so far, including about $33,000 from the House Republican Campaign Committee.

Auditor general candidate and current state Rep. John Maher also got a boost from the state party, reporting that $50,000 of the $128,000 he's collected in the final period came from the state GOP.

Of course, these tallies will be out of date tomorrow when additional contributions are reported.

But rolling figures have become much easier to compile since the Department of State implemented a new system that allows for exporting campaign donation data into spreadsheets. Previously, a PDF would be updated during the daily reporting period, which made it more difficult to sort donations by filer or contributor.

We'll be watching in the coming days for contributions to appear from candidates in non-competitive races who have raked in cash. 

Sen. Vince Hughes, a Philadelphia Democrat who has no opponent, has reported raising $55,250 since Oct. 23 -- the largest amount of any Democratic candidate for the daily reporting period. And Sen. Joe Scarnati, who leads the Senate Republicans' campaign efforts, listed $70,000 so far, which likely will largely go right back out to their top contenders.

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