Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) raised a remarkable $951,450 during the 2nd quarter of 2020 and now has $3,439,955 in her campaign warchest for her bid for a second term as the congresswoman from New Jersey’s 11th district.
It was Sherrill’s fundraising prowess that spooked 12-term incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen into retirement in 2018. Frelinghuysen, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, decided to retire after Sherrill raised more than $1.2 million by the end of 2017.
Since taking office in January 2019, Sherrill has raised a massive $4.44 million. She raised $782,929 in the 1st quarter of this year.
The Republican candidate, former U.S. Senate tax counsel Rosemary Becchi, has not yet released her Q2 fundraising numbers.
In her pre-primary report, Becchi reported raising $116,026 between April 1 and June 17 and had $224,159 cash-on-hand. Becchi had raised a total of $741,804, including a $150,000 personal loan, but some of those funds were spent on a bid for the GOP congressional nomination in the next-door 7th district.
Becchi dropped her challenge to Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. in the Republican primary in January and switched to the 11th district race.
A former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot and assistant U.S. Attorney, 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.
She won her 2018 general election by 15 percentage points in a district that Donald Trump carried in 2016 by one point.
The 11th district has 2,532 more Democrats than Republicans. When the district was drawn after the 2010 census, Republicans outnumbered Democrats by 24,176.
Sherrill and Becchi had no opposition in their July 7 primary elections.