Welle outspent Smith

Though he lost, Josh Welle still outspent Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton). According to post-election reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission, Welle raised $1,838,536 and spent $1,705,368. That means Welle spent $13.45 for each of his 126,766 votes. Smith raised $1,501,795 and spent $1,528,777, or $9.38 for each of his 163,065 votes. Those spending figures do not include independent expenditures made for or against either candidate, nor do they include

Smith wins

Rep. Chris Smith was reelected by a wide margin to a seat he’s held since 1981, closing the door on a seat Democrats had hoped to pick up this year. Smith, New Jersey’s longest-sitting congressman, defeated Democrat Josh Welle by 13 points in what is perhaps the most safely-Republican district in the state. Smith secured 156,271 votes to. Welle got 119,394. Because of the district’s lines, which heavily favor Republican