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GOP Rep. Katko has large financial lead over Democrats in CNY race for Congress

U.S. Rep. John Katko holds a sizable fundraising advantage over his potential Democratic challengers in the 24th Congressional District race, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Katko, R-Camillus, raised $256,884.15 in the fourth quarter of 2017. He now has more than $1.08 million in the bank for his second re-election bid.

The two Democrats who have been in the race since last year, Dana Balter and Anne Messenger, raised over $102,000 combined. Balter, D-Syracuse, received $59,444.20 from donors. Messenger, D-Manlius, had $43,122.70 in total receipts.

Balter, a Syracuse University professor, has $46,626.47 cash on hand. Messenger, a longtime career management professional, ended the quarter with a balance of $37,474.70.

The reports cover the period from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017. The Federal Election Commission gives candidates until the end of January to submit their year-end filings.

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