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Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Sherrill has nearly $4 million in the bank

Freshman congresswoman has raised almost $6 million since taking office

By David Wildstein, October 14 2020 9:27 pm

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) raised $1,530,511 during the 3rd quarter of 2020 and has $3,968,424 cash-on-hand as she seeks re-election to a second term as the congresswoman from New Jersey’s 11th district.

Sherrill has raised $5,974,345 since taking office in January 2019 and has already spent more than $2 million

Her Republican opponent, Rosemary Becchi, has not yet released her fundraising numbers for the last three months.

The former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor won the seat in 2018, flipping a House seat the Republicans held for 34 years.

Sherrill raised almost $8.5 million in her bid to flip New Jersey’s 11th district in 2018 and outspent her Republican opponent by an almost 5-1 margin for a seat that Republicans had held since 1984.

It was Sherrill’s fundraising proficiency that frightened 12-term incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen into retirement in 2018.  Frelinghuysen, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, decided to retire after Sherrill raised more than $1.2 million by the end of 2017.

She won her 2018 general election by 15 percentage points in a district that Donald Trump carried in 2016 by one point.

The 11th district has 8,088 more Democrats than Republicans.  When the district was drawn after the 2010 census, Republicans outnumbered Democrats by 24,176.

Becchi dropped her challenge to Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. in the Republican primary in January and switched to the 11th district race.

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