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Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), left, and Republican David Richter. Photos by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Kim spent more in October’s first two weeks than Richter raised in entire campaign

Incumbent’s war chest still eight times larger than challenger’s after spending spree

By Nikita Biryukov, October 23 2020 12:46 pm

Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) continues to hold a massive fundraising lead over Republican challenger David Richter, according to pre-general election reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The incumbent reported raising $274,113 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 14, more than five times the $48,332 Richter brought in over the same period.

At the same time, Kim, a first-term congressman in a solidly purple district, is on a spending spree. The congressman reported spending more than $1.6 million over the two-week period, bringing his total spent for the cycle above $6 million.

At $128,835, Richter’s spending amounted to less than a twelfth of what Kim spent over the two-week period. The Republican has reported spending just $1.3 million over the course of the cycle. He’s raised a little more than $1.4 million, with roughly half of that money, $700,000, coming from the candidate’s own pocket.

Richter pledged to put $1 million of his own money into his campaign during the primary, though he reported no additional loans beyond the $700,000 made earlier in the campaign in the most recent filings.

Though Kim’s spending has depleted much of his war chest, he still had $852,640 banked on Oct. 14. Richter had just $99,927.

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

The freshman’s 2018 victory over Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) was the narrowest in the state. The contest was the only New Jersey congressional race in the to not be called on election day, though Kim declared his own victory late that night.

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