Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) continues to be on a fundraising tear in his bid for re-election to a second term, raising a gargantuan $2 million during the 3rd quarter of 2020.
That brings Kim’s total fundraising haul to more than $6.5 million so far this cycle for his race against Republican David Richter in NJ-3, a district that President Donald Trump carried by six percentage points in 2016.
Kim’s has amassed his warchest without accepting corporate PAC contributions.
That puts the freshman congressman ahead of the total amount he raised in 2018, when he ousted two-term Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) in the state’s closest House race.
Kim and Richter will face off at 9 PM Sunday in a debate sponsored by the New Jersey Globe.
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 Trump and most of the local Republican leadership.
A former Obama White House staffer, Kim stopped MacArthur’s 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 17,995 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.