Mikie Sherrill said her campaign pulled in more than $2 million in the third quarter of 2018, a figure that would even give legendary fundraiser Rep. Josh Gottheimer a run for his money.
“I think we’re looking to release those numbers in the next couple days. It’s going to be over $2 million. I’m not sure. I just talked to Josh, he didn’t tell me his numbers, so I’m not sure what he’s going to file with, but I know we out-raised him last quarter,” Sherrill said, adding that she wasn’t in a contest with Gottheimer, who has yet to release a preliminary third-quarter fundraising figure.
Sherrill did more than double the amount Gottheimer raised in the second quarter, pulling in almost $1.4 million to the congressman’s $763,389.68, though Gottheimer’s managed to raise about that much every quarter since taking office and, at the end of June, had about $1.6 million more in the bank.
Sherrill finished the second quarter with $2.9 million in her war chest while Gottheimer had $4.5 million on hand.
“I just think he’s built such a phenomenal campaign and constituent services that I think he’s doing really well in his election this cycle,” Sherrill said of the first-term congressman. “I predict he will win, and I don’t make predictions.”
But, which Democrat comes out as the state’s best-funded matters little. In either case, it’ll be bad news for the Republicans running against them.
Assemblyman Jay Webber, who is racing Sherrill for Retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s seat, had raised $574,410 by the end of the second quarter, a comparatively paltry figure to Sherrill’s $4.2 million raised by that point in the cycle. Webber had $171,721 on hand at the end of June.
Webber on Monday declined to release even a ballpark figure for his fundraising in the third quarter.
“We’re still tabulating,” he said.