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Hirsh Singh. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Singh raises $446k in bid for U.S. Senate

GOP U.S. Senate contender tops GOP pack in fundraising

By David Wildstein, April 15 2020 10:15 pm

Republican Hirsh Singh has raised $445,969 for his bid to take on U.S. Senator Cory Booker after raising $127,413 during the first four months of this year.

Singh has spent $418,387, including $128,433 during the first quarter and has $26,582 cash-on-hand, according to reports filed today with the Federal Election Commission. He is carrying a campaign debt of $45,355.

The Atlantic County Republican has the organization line in Ocean, Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties.

Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official Rik Mehta has the organization line in Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Union and Warren counties, and the endorsement of his home county GOP organization in Morris.

He has raised $374,755 for the chance to take on Booker, most of it from a $315,000 personal loan he made to his own campaign.  That includes a $60,000 loan during the first quarter of 2020.

Mehta also has $39,420 in unpaid bills, leaving the net worth at $141,744.

Another Republican, Tricia Flanagan, has just $2,234 cash-on-hand after raising $14,836 for her Senate bid.

Singh sought the Republican nomination for governor in 2017 and for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018.

Republicans have not won a U.S. Senate race in New Jersey since 1972, a 0-16 losing streak that has existed longer than every other state but Hawaii.

In 2018, Bob Hugin spent more than $36 million of his own money, but lost 54%-43% to incumbent Bob Menendez.

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