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Democratic congressional candidate Stephanie Schmid. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Schmid only Democrat outraised by GOP opponent in early October

Smith holds sizeable cash advantage moving into race’s closing weeks

By Nikita Biryukov, October 23 2020 4:04 pm

Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) more than doubled challenger Stephanie Schmid’s fundraising in the first two weeks of October, making her the only Democratic House candidate in the state to raise less than their Republican opponent over that period.

According to pre-general election campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Smith raised $78,973 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 14. Schmid raised just $33,354 during the same span.

The incumbent holds a similar advantage in cash on hand. He reported a war chest worth $588,167. Schmid had less than half as much, $232,046, banked.

She was also outspent more than four-to-one. Smith expended $273,262 over the 14-day period, while Schmid spent a comparatively meager $66,137.

The challenger is the latest in a long line of Democrats who have attempted to oust Smith from a seat that he has now held for nearly 40 years.

Her longshot bid has fallen victim to its share of unforced errors. This week, she came under fire for declining to disavow a mailer sent out by her campaign that incorrectly said Smith voted for a 2017 Republican health care bill that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act.

She stood by the erroneous mailer, a move that created distance between her and Monmouth County Democratic Chairman David Brown, who said he expected his party’s candidates to stick to the facts.

She also returned thousands of dollars in campaign contributions following an internal FEC investigation spurred by allegations that she improperly reported — or did not report — some donations.

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