WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and her Democratic challenger, Tedra Cobb, raised millions of dollars each in the last part of 2019.
Both candidates are likely to spend that money in 2020, as they compete to win the seat in congress Stefanik now holds, the 21st congressional district, which covers the north country.
Stefanik reports she raised $3.2 million between October and December, while Cobb reports she raised over $2.05 million.
Stefanik says she has $3.4 million in cash to spend on re-election; Cobb has $2.2 million.
Where will the money be spent? Much of it will go to advertising, as the candidates try to reach voters in each of the congressional district’s three “media markets,” the Watertown area, the Plattsburgh area and the Albany area. Expect a constant barrage of ads on TV, radio and social media.
Both candidates benefited from the House of Representatives impeachment hearings, in which Stefanik played a prominent role. Cobb saw contributions pour in from people opposed to President Trump, and to Stefanik as a Trump defender. On the other hand, the president’s supporters signaled their strong approval of Stefanik with their checkbooks - her contributions jumped from$450,000 between July and September to more than $3 million as the year ended.
“This record-breaking support is indicative of the countless bipartisan results I’ve delivered for the hardworking families in my district,” Stefanik said in a prepared statement.
“Our campaign looks forward to running against failed candidate Taxin’ Tedra Cobb, the Toast of Tinseltown.”
Although Cobb did significantly better against Stefanik in 2018 than did Stefanik’s opponents in 2016 and 2014, Stefanik still beat her in every one of the congressional district’s 12 counties. There are 46,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats in the district, a huge advantage for any Republican running.
“I am proud of the support we have received,” said Cobb in a prepared statement.
“People all across the country realize what NY-21 residents already know; Washington is broken, and Elise Stefanik is part of the problem.
“Rather than working to fix our healthcare system, preserve Medicare and Social Security, or protect our clean air and water, Stefanik spends her time playing partisan games and protecting the bottom line of her corporate donors.”
Cobb said her average contribution was $27.50, with no money coming from corporate political action committees (PACs). Stefanik said her average donation was $50. Stefanik accepts money from corporate PACS.