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Congressional candidates from New Jersey's 2nd district: Amy Kennedy, left, and Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis).

Kennedy fundraising more than doubles Van Drew’s in first two weeks of October

Incumbent’s war chest dwarfs challenger’s

By Nikita Biryukov, October 23 2020 12:28 pm

House challenger Amy Kennedy raised more than twice as much as Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in the first two weeks of October, according to pre-general election reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Kennedy brought in $430,608 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 14, while Van Drew raised a comparatively meager $171,732.

The bulk of Kennedy’s new funds, $342,208, came from individual donations. Another $78,380 came from political committees, and she received $10,000 from other candidate committees.

Almost all of Van Drew’s new cash, $168,732, came from individuals. He reported receiving just $3,000 from political committees over the 14-day period.

Still, the incumbent, a former Democrat, went into the last weeks of the election with a sizeable cash lead. Van Drew reported having $742,778 banked at the end of the reporting period, while Kennedy had just $102,831 in her war chest.

They spent similar amounts over those two weeks. Kennedy reported expending $628,695, while Van Drew paid out a slightly higher $697,079.

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

The race in the second congressional district is one of the most closely watched contests in the state. Van Drew won the seat as a Democrat in 2018, becoming the first member of the party to do so in more than two decades.

He defected to the Republican party in December after losing support among rank-and-file Democrats in the district over his opposition to impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Since flipping, Van Drew has tied himself closely to the president and now faces a challenge from the scion of America’s most storied political dynasty.

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