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Rep. Andy Kim. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Andy Kim has raised $5 million for re-election bid

Freshman congressman has $500k fundraising haul in first 36 days of 3rd quarter

By David Wildstein, August 05 2020 5:02 pm

The fundraising prowess of Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) continues to expand as he seeks re-election to a second term in the politically competitive 3rd district.

The freshman congressman has now raised $5,011,075 since taking office in January 2019, including $509,241 since July 1, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

Kim faces Republican David Richter, a former construction company executive who had largely self-financed his primary campaign.

Richter reported loaning $681,787 to his campaign through June 30 and had $122,942 cash-on-hand.  He reported raising a total of $807,564, according to his Federal Election Commission filing

Kim had reported cash-on-hand of $3,508,792 as of June 30 without accepting any corporate PAC money.

The 3rd district had been held by Republicans since the Civil War, except for a two-year period in the 1880s and when the late John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) occupied the seat from 2009 to 2011.

Kim raised $1,006,382 in the 2nd quarter of 2020 and just 36 days into the 3rd quarter, he’s already half-way toward reaching that mark again.

A former Hill International CEO, Richter had initially sought the GOP nomination for Congress in the 2nd district with the intention of challenging Democratic freshman Jeff Van Drew.

He switched to the 3rd district in January after Van Drew switched parties and emerged with the endorsement of President Donald Trump and most of the local Republican leadership.

A former Obama White House staffer, Kim stopped Rep. Tom MacArthur’s bid for a third term in 2018 by 3,973 votes (50%-49%) in what was the closest House race in the state.

As a first-time candidate in the 2018 mid-term elections, Kim raised $6,230,916 – significantly more than MacArthur, who self-funded his first race.  He brought in $4,778,480.

New Jersey’s 3rd district has 16,279 more Democrats than Republicans, but Trump won it by six percentage points, 51%-45%.

When the district was drawn following the 2010 Census, the Democratic voter registration edge was +8,863.

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