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Booker has $2.9 million warchest for Senate re-election bid

Singh has raised the most money in GOP field

By David Wildstein, June 26 2020 2:29 am

U.S. Senator Cory Booker raised $1,574,187 for his re-election bid between March 1 and June 17 and has $2,899,165 cash-on-hand.

Booker restarted his Senate campaign account in January after dropping his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Some donors whose contributions to Booker for Senate and later transferred to Cory 2020, the national campaign account, have consented to have those funds returned to the Senate campaign.

Five Republicans are seeking the chance to take on Booker in the general election.

The leading fundraiser for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination is Hirsh Singh, a businessman from Atlantic County.

Singh has raised $583,905 so far this cycle, including $137,936 between March 1 and June 17.  He has spent $548,981 and has $34,924 cash-on-hand.

The Singh campaign is carrying no debt.

Rik Mehta, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official, raised $18,884 since March 1 and has $48,214 remaining in his campaign account.  He has raised $393,640 this cycle, including a $315,000 personal contribution.

Mehta has spent $345,426 so far in his bid to win the GOP Senate nomination, including $151,834 since March 1.

As is her custom, Tricia Flanagan has missed the deadline to file campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission.

She filed her 1st quarter report two weeks late.  Her first three quarterly reports for 2019 were submitted one month late and her 4th quarter 2019 report arrived two months late.

Flanagan claims to have “campaign assets” worth $400,000.

Natalie Lynn Rivera and Eugene Anagnos, have not yet filed the campaign finance reports.

Republicans have not won a U.S. Senate race in New Jersey since 1972, when Clifford Case was re-elected to his fourth term.  Only Hawaii has gone longer without electing a Republican U.S. Senator.

Booker’s Democratic primary opponent, former Newark school board member Lawrence Hamm, has $7,650 in the bank.

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