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Rosemary Becchi, a former counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, is seeking the Republican nomination for Congress in NJ-11.

Becchi has $308,512 war chest heading into general election

By Nikita Biryukov, July 15 2020 4:59 pm

Republican House candidate Rosemary Becchi raised $214,469 for her challenge against Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in the second quarter of 2020.

Becchi, a former U.S. Senate staffer, had $308,512 banked at the end of June, according to a July quarterly report she filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Since announcing her House bid, Becchi has raised $843,047 — including $150,000 from a personal loan she made to her campaign — in an attempt to flip a seat Republicans lost after 12-term incumbent Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, then chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, retired in 2018.

The congressman’s retirement was fueled partially by Sherrill’s fundraising prowess.

The first-term congresswoman raised a staggering $951,450 in the second quarter of 2020. She has more than $3.4 million in her war chest.

Sherrill won the district by 15 points in 2018, the largest margin of victory in any of the state’s competitive districts that year.

The district is also growing bluer. In 2018, there were 6,159 more Republicans than democrats in the eleventh. As of last week’s primaries — both Sherrill and Becchi won their parties’ nominations unopposed — Democrats hold a 2,532-voter registration edge.

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