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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Booker outraises Mehta 28-1

Republican challenger has just $2,907 banked

By Nikita Biryukov, October 23 2020 4:29 pm

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-Newark) outraised his Republican challenger 28-to-one in the first two weeks of October, according to pre-general election campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The incumbent reported raising $348,789 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 14. Rik Mehta, the Republican challenger, raised a meager $12,251 over the same period.

The spending gap was far narrower. Still, Booker’s $138,859 spent is nearly double the $71,278 Mehta reported spending in the first two weeks of October.

The Democrat has more than $5.4 million in his war chest, while Mehta had a measly $2,907 banked.

The above figures do not include fundraising or spending by the candidates’ political action committees, nor do they include independent expenditures made on the candidates’ behalf.

Republicans last won a U.S. Senate race in New Jersey in 1972.

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