State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham) had $208,594 banked for her first campaign as a Democrat at the start of the year.
The former Republican raised $348,732 over the course of the cycle, including $178,801 in the fourth quarter of 2020. Those funds were bolstered by $8,200 transfers from State Sens. James Beach (D-Voorhees) and Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Barrington).
The Gloucester County Democrat Executive Committee also made an $8,200 contribution.
Addiego’s spending for the cycle is up to $140,139, with more than a third of the expenditures, $54,105, made in the last three months of 2020.
The senator was elected as a member of the GOP but defected to the Democratic Party in early 2019.
Fundraising figures for the district’s Republicans are less certain. Assemblywoman Jean Stanfield (R-Westampton), who will run for the district’s Senate seat, reported no fundraising for last year’s final quarter.
She had just $1,211.18 left in her Assembly campaign account on Jan. 1.
Assemblyman Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport), who is not seeking re-election, had $8,625 in his war chest.
Hammonton Councilman Michael Torrissi Jr., who is expected to seek a spot on the Republican Assembly ticket, had $4,132 in reserves after raising $20,250 so far in the cycle. Almost all of that money, $20,000, came from Torrissi’s own pocket.
Fundraising advantages mean less in state contests than in federal ones. Assembly and Senate leadership PACs will spend heavily in competitive districts like the eighth, and Democrats have a clear advantage there.