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Local Democrats hold major fundraising lead over Republican opponents, public records show

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Elections are just a few days away, and Democrats are holding a major fundraising advantage over their Republican opponents, according to campaign finance reports from the state Election Law Enforcement Commission website.

The recent wave of fundraising numbers and data came on October 27, 11 days before the November 7 election and as such, those reports are called the 11-day pre-election report.

Any money that a campaign raises between that 11 day mark and election day has to register the funds with the state within 48 hours.

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Here’s a rundown of the candidate’s fundraising:

State Legislature:

All three representative seats for the State Legislature: two Assembly members and one State Senator are up for grabs.

New Brunswick is part of the 17th Legislative District, along with Piscataway, North Brunswick, Milltown and Somerset County’s Franklin Township.

The district makes consists of roughly 185,000 voting age residents and around 129,000 registered voters, 43 percent of whom are Democrats.

Bob Smith, the Democrat incumbent seeking to hold onto his seat in the State Senate, has raised $603,706 as of October 27, according to public records.

By contrast, Smith’s Republican challenger, Daryl Kipnis, brought in $4,841 as of October 27.

Joseph V. Egan, one of two Democratic incumbents running for the General Assembly, brought in $436,766 as of October 27, according to public records. His running mate, Joe Danielson, brought in $89,481 as of that same date.

One of the challengers for the state assembly, Republican Robert A. Quinn, garnered $12,703 as of October 27, while his running mate, Nadine Wilkins, raised $350 as of that same date.

Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Four people will be running for two three-year freeholder's seats and two of those candidates live in Franklin Township. Township resident, incumbent Brian D. Levine (R), will be running with Brian Gallagher (R). Levine and Gallagher will face Franklin Township At-Large Councilwoman and local resident Shanel Robinson (D) who is running with Alex Avellan (D).

In contrast the freeholder race unlike the district 17 race, the Republicans have an edge in the funding.

As of October 20, Robinson had raised $9,724 and Avellan had raised $8,500 as of November 2. As of October 27, Levine had raised $61,592 and Gallagher had $66,116 during the same date. 

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