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New Jersey donors have not actively participated in a close do-over race for Congress in North Carolina’s 9th district that has received national attention.
A new election was called for September 10 after election officials found evidence that the 2018 campaign of Republican Mark Harris tampered with ballots in his 905-vote victory over Democrat Dan McCready.
Now McCready faces State Sen. Dan Bishop, the winner of a special May Republican primary. Bishop was the sponsor of North Carolina’s “Bathroom Bill” that barred transgender persons from using public restrooms other than the gender assignment that appears on their birth certificates.
A poll released today shows McCready leading Bishop 46%-42%. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.9%.
McCready, who served as a Marine Corps captain in Iraq, has raised $18,856 from New Jersey donors for the special election, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
His biggest New Jersey contributor is Richard Purington, the son-in-law of the late State Sen. Fairleigh Dickinson, Jr. (R-Ridgewood). Purington has given $5,600 to the McCready campaign.
Gary Rose, a retired investment banker and former top aide to Gov. Jon Corzine, has donated $850 to McCready.
Bishop has raised $14,000 from donors in New Jersey, FEC reports show.
Cecilia Ramsey, an emergency room physician from Haddonfield, has contributed $5,600 to Bishop’s campaign, plus an additional $2,800 to the Bishop Victory Committee. Her husband, Michael Ramsey, who works for the Mount Laurel-based Automobile Resources International, also sent $2,800 to Bishop.
Virginia James, a retiree from Lambertville, gave $2,800 to Bishop through a contribution earmarked by the Club for Growth.
Rep. Mikie Sherrill began helping McCready raise money for his campaign in December 2018 and again within the last couple of months.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer is raising money for McCready.
“The first round of elections was marred by rampant voter fraud, so they had to run this special election to get it right. As you can imagine, this is going to be a tough race and very competitive but, here’s the thing: Dan can win,” Gottheimer said in a fundraising e-mail this week.
The last time New Jersey had a do-over congressional race was in 1976, when allegations of fraud caused a judge to order a new Democratic primary in the 9th district between incumbent Henry Helstoski (D-East Rutherford) and Assemblyman Byron Baer (D-Englewood).
This story was updated at 6:57 PM to include Gottheimer’s fundraising in the race and at 7:08 PM on August 31 to include Sherrill.