We told you on Friday about Democrat Mark Critz's fund-raising stats in the PA-12 slugfest, and with Republican Tim Burns' numbers now in we can tell you that the challenger -- whom Critz defeated in the May special election held following Rep. John Murtha's death -- has the cash edge for the final weeks.

Burns had $409,735 on hand as of Sept. 30, to Critz's $263,182. Critz far outraised his challenger in the third quarter ($478,769 to $257,966), with about half of that money coming from PACs -- an incumbent's (or in this case, quasi-incumbent's) best friend. But Critz spent more than $380,000, while Burns lived like a monk during Q3, going through just $66,738 to keep his bankroll fat for the final weeks.

Burns, a businessman from Eighty-Four who used to run a tech company, also loaned his campaign $55,000 last quarter (he self-funded in the special as well). It's all shaping up for a late media blitz by Burns in a race polling has shown to be tight.

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