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Assembly candidate Lisa Mandelblatt. Photo by Nikita Biryukov.

Mandelblatt has bigger warchest than Munoz

Bramnick has $157k cash-on-hand

By David Wildstein, May 31 2019 11:08 am

Lisa Mandelblatt and Stacey Gunderman have outraised Jill LaZare by a 7-1 margin in the race for the Democratic nomination for State Assembly in the 21st district, according to 11-day pre-primary reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Mandelblatt has loaned her campaign $56,1000 and has raised $72,900.  She has $70,365 cash-on-hand.

Gunderman has raised $10,695 and has $8,169 in the bank.

A joint campaign account between the two running mates has spent $18,846 and has $4,819 remaining.

LaZare, who is running off the line in Union County and in open primaries in Somerset and Morris, reported raising $13,083 and spending just $46.  She has $11,786 cash-on-hand.

These numbers reflect where the primary campaign spending was last week and does not include expenditures or fundraising after Memorial Day weekend.

The winners of the Democratic primary will face two longtime incumbents, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) and Assembly Minority Whip Nancy Munoz (R-Summit), in the general election.

Bramnick is also responsible for assisting the statewide Assembly Republican Victory campaign to help GOP incumbents facing tough re-election campaigns and funding races where Republicans might potentially pick up seats.

He has raised $160,692 this cycle, spent $175,190, and has cash-on-hand of $157,892.

Munoz trails Mandelblatt in fundraising.

She reported raising $82,325, spending $45,496, and has a warchest of $36,828.

Munoz nearly lost her seat in 2017.  She defeated Democrat Lacey Cotter Rzeszowski by just 1,554 votes.

The 21st district now has 4,293 more Democrats than Republicans, a significant shift since legislative redistricting eight years ago.

In 2011, the 21st had 4,357 more Republicans than Democrats.

Bob Menendez won the district by 837 votes over Bob Hugin in the 2018 U.S. Senate race, while Democratic candidates for Congress carried the 21st by 12,460 votes.  In 2017, Phil Murphy won the district by 1,503 votes.

Donald Trump lost the district by 19,759 votes in 2016; Mitt Romney won by 9,614 in 2012.

Bramnick has seen his total number of votes decline.

At the same time, Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) had little trouble holding the State Senate seat in the same district.  Kean was re-elected in 2017 by 6,456 votes.  He received 2,296 more votes than Bramnick.

In mid-term elections, he has gone from 27,322 in 2007 to 25,303 in 2011 to 20,024 in 2015.  In gubernatorial years, Bramnick has dropped from 45,439 in 2009 to 38,556 in 2013 to 34,283 in 2017.

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