Vincent Solomeno, the Democratic nominee for State Senate in the 13th legislative district, unexpectedly outraised incumbent Republican State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver), according to fundraising reports released today by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
Solomeno raised $64,395 and transferred $46,865 from his primary campaign account; after spending $29,351, he has $81,950 left in the bank. O’Scanlon raised similar totals – $66,182 in new fundraising plus $44,492 from previous accounts – but spent a larger $46,450 and now has $64,223 left.
Solomeno also has a joint account with Democratic Assembly nominees Allison Friedman and Erin Howard that raised a further $46,685 and has $11,172 cash-on-hand; O’Scanlon and his running mates have no equivalent joint fundraising venture. All told, Solomeno has both raised more and has access to more cash-on-hand than the incumbent.
On the Assembly side, Friedman raised $25,479 and has $14,587 left, while Howard raised $28,774 and has $23,785 left.
Their opponents, Assemblyman Gerard Scharfenberger (R-Middletown) and Holmdel School Board President Vicky Flynn, are in relatively similar positions.
Flynn, who defeated Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Holmdel) in the June primary, raised $29,535 and transferred $13,207, but high spending left her with only $11,718. Scharfenberger, meanwhile, raised just $8,822 but transferred another $40,842, leaving him with a best-of-the-four $38,657 in cash-on-hand.
The apparent ability of Solomeno, Friedman, and Howard to evenly match their opponents’ fundraising is a good sign for the Democrats in a tough district. The 13th district is historically Republican and hasn’t been a focus this cycle for either party – but if Democrats do lose, it won’t be because they were massively outspent.