Tedra Cobb, Democratic challenger to Rep. Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st congressional district, has raised nearly $4 million this cycle.
Fundraising for Cobb’s rematch with the three-term incumbent increased dramatically late last fall as Stefanik became the face of Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team.
North Country Public Radio’s Julia Ritchie quotes SUNY-Potsdam political scientist Jack McGuire, “Part of her large fundraising gains were made in part because of the notoriety Congresswoman Stefanik gained from her support for President Trump during the impeachment hearings.”
McGuire states to NCPR that the pandemic, an unstable economy and the president’s response to civil rights protests put Stefanik’s reelection chances in serious jeopardy.
Cobb’s fundraising this election cycle is expected to be twice that of her 2018 campaign and the fight for New York’s 21st congressional seat is set to be the most costly in history.