Freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) is raising money at a light-speed pace, bringing in $1 million during the first two months of the current fundraising quarter.
The New Jersey Globe previously reported that Kim had raised $509,241 during the first 36 days of the third quarter
In the 26 days since then, the South Jersey Democrat has doubled that as he seeks re-election to a second term in New Jersey’s 3rd district.
Kim has now raised more than $5.5 million since taking office in January 2019, without accepting any corporate PAC money.
Kim faces Republican David Richter, a former construction company executive who had largely self-financed his primary campaign.
Richter does not have to release his 3rd quarter fundraising numbers until October 15.
Early news of Kim’s fundraising success could help dissuade donors from putting their wallets behind Richter.
Richter reported loaning $681,787 to his campaign through June 30 and had $122,942 cash-on-hand. He reported raising a total of $807,564, according to his Federal Election Commission filing
Kim had reported cash-on-hand of $3,508,792 as of June 30.
The 3rd district had been held by Republicans since the Civil War, except for a two-year period in the 1880s and when the late John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) occupied the seat from 2009 to 2011.
Kim raised $1,006,382 in the 2nd quarter of 2020 and just 36 days into the 3rd quarter, he’s already half-way toward reaching that mark again.
A former Hill International CEO, Richter had initially sought the GOP nomination for Congress in the 2nd district with the intention of challenging Democratic freshman Jeff Van Drew.
He switched to the 3rd district in January after Van Drew switched parties and emerged with the endorsement of President Donald Trump and most of the local Republican leadership.
A former Obama White House staffer, Kim stopped Rep. Tom MacArthur’s bid for a third term in 2018 by 3,973 votes (50%-49%) in what was the closest House race in the state.
As a first-time candidate in the 2018 mid-term elections, Kim raised $6,230,916 – significantly more than MacArthur, who self-funded his first race. He brought in $4,778,480.
New Jersey’s 3rd district has 16,279 more Democrats than Republicans, but Trump won it by six percentage points, 51%-45%.
When the district was drawn following the 2010 Census, the Democratic voter registration edge was +8,863.