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Republican House candidate Raafat Barsoom.

Barsoom running again in CD7

Candidate received no donations during unsuccessful 2018 bid

By Nikita Biryukov, March 23 2020 2:08 pm

A physician who ran a wildly unsuccessful primary challenge to Rep. Leonard Lance in 2018 has filed to run against State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean this year.

Raafat Barsoom filed his nominating petitions with 210 signatures, running under the slogan “physician not a career politician, making him vulnerable to a challenge that could knock him off the ballot in a primary where Kean is heavily favored.

Unlike Tom Phillips and Robert Trugman, two of Kean’s other primary challengers, Barsoom has not sought organizational lines from the seventh congressional district’s Republican county organizations.

He has not filed with the Federal Elections Commission, and it’s not clear whether he has raised any money.

In 2018, Barsoom’s campaign raised just $3,100. All of that money came from a personal loan from the candidate.

None of it was spent.

That year, he lost to Lance by about 64 points, running last in a three-person race.

Barsoom then got 3,556 votes. Lance won 24,934.

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