Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) more than tripled Democratic challenger Stephanie Schmid’s fundraising in the final weeks of the race, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Between Oct. 15 and Nov. 23, Smith brought in $132,399 to Schmid’s $39,503. The incumbent nearly doubled Schmid’s fundraising for the cycle, bringing in $1.4 million to her $791,138.
Some of Schmid’s money, $100,000, came from a personal loan made to her campaign. She repaid that loan before election day.
That repayment accounted for nearly half of the $209,531 Schmid spent in the last weeks of the race. It’s also a significant chunk of the $728,850 she spent over the duration of the cycle.
Smith spent $549,951 in the last days of the race, bringing his total spend for the cycle to nearly $1.3 million.
He had $170,615 in his war chest at the end of the reporting period, while Schmid had $62,018.