The top five Democrats seeking a vacant U.S. House seat in Massachusetts together have raised $3.7 million before a decisive primary election Oct. 15.
State Sen. Katherine Clark led with $1.1 million in total receipts, followed by $919,000 for county sheriff Peter Koutoujian, $621,000 for state Rep. Carl Sciortino, $601,000 for state Sen. Will Brownsberger and $412,000 for state Sen. Karen Spilka, according to reports filed yesterday with the Federal Election Commission and analyzed by Political Capital.
Koutoujian led in cash-on-hand with $690,000, followed by Clark’s $394,000, Sciortino’s $285,000, Brownsberger’s $239,000 and Spilka’s $132,000.
Sciortino, who is gay, received campaign donations from the Gay and Lesbian Political Fund and the political committees of gay Democratic Reps. Mark Takano of California and Jared Polis of Colorado.
Sciortino’s campaign financed a television ad in which he recounts having to “to come out” to his politically conservative father — by telling him he was a “Massachusetts liberal.” The breezy spot, which alternates between Sciortino and his father speaking to camera, has been viewed more than 368,000 times on YouTube.
Spilka’s donors include the PACs of United Auto Workers, Verizon Communications Inc., and Democratic Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia.
Five other candidates — three Republicans and two other Democrats — either raised less than $5,000 or didn’t submit fundraising reports by yesterday’s deadline.
The Democratic winner will be an overwhelming favorite to win the Dec. 10 general election in a district that gave 65 percent of its votes to President Barack Obama and 59 percent to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the 2012 election, according to calculations by Political Capital. Democrat Ed Markey vacated the district in July, following his election to the Senate the previous month.
Here’s a list of candidates running in the 5th District, which includes Framingham, Medford, Watertown and part of Cambridge.