Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) raised $782,929 during the first three months of 2020 and has $2,774,970 cash-on-hand as she seeks re-election to a second term in New Jersey’s 11th district.
The Democratic congresswoman has raised $3,395,363 since taking office in January 2019, an imposing number considering the impact of COVID-19 has had on political fundraising for the month of March.
The Republican candidate against Sherrill, former U.S. Senate Finance Committee tax counsel Rosemary Becchi, has not yet filed her Q1 report with the Federal Election Commission.
Sherrill raised almost $8.5 million in her bid to flip New Jersey’s 11th district in 2018 and outspent her Republican opponent by an almost 5-1 margin for a seat that Republicans had held since 1984.
It was Sherrill’s early fundraising prowess – she had raised more than $1.2 million by the end of 2017 – that helped frighten twelve-term incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) out of the race. With a warchest of under $1.2 million, Frelinghuysen announced his retirement weeks after Sherrill announced her own fundraising numbers.
She won her House race by 46,262 votes, 57%-42%, against Republican assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) in 2018 in a district that Donald Trump
The 11th district has 361 more Democrats than Republicans. When the district was drawn after the 2010 census, Republicans outnumbered Democrats by 24,176.