Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) has $3,185,168 in her campaign warchest after raising $637,166 between April 1 and June 17.
The freshman Democrat has now raised $4,129,550 since taking office seventeen months ago.
Sherill’s haul follows an impressive 1st quarter where she raised $782,929, and has now brought in more than $1.4 million this year despite the constraints caused by the coronavirus pandemic that led to the cancellation of several fundraising events.
The Republican candidate, former U.S. Senate tax counsel Rosemary Becchi, has not yet released her latest fundraising numbers.
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.
The former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor had initially expected to run against a twelve-term incumbent, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding). Sherill’s early fundraising talent – she had raised more than $1.2 million by the end of 2017 –helped frighten Frelinghuysen into retirement. With a warchest of under $1.2 million, Frelinghuysen announced his retirement weeks after Sherrill announced her own fundraising numbers.
Sherrill won her House race by 46,262 votes, 57%-42%, against Republican assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) in 2018 in a district that Donald Trump carried by one percentage point.
The 11th district has 1,179 more Democrats than Republicans. When the district was drawn after the 2010 census, Republicans outnumbered Democrats by 24,176.