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Not-So-Close Race Also One of the Most Expensive

AOC is heavy favorite in Bronx, but a newcomer is drawing big money from Republicans
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2020 12:47 PM CDT

(Newser) – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is "very likely" to win re-election to Congress next month in her Bronx district, according to FiveThirtyEight.com. More precisely, in a sample of 40,000 simulations, AOC defeats GOP challenger John Cummings 99 times out of 100. It may be surprising, then, to learn that the seemingly uncompetitive contest is one of the most expensive House races of the year. Coverage:

  • The numbers: AOC has raised $17.3 million, and much of that comes from small-donor admirers of the progressive icon, reports the New York Times. But Cummings, a 60-year-old high school civics teacher and former NYPD officer, has raised $9.6 million as a political novice. In fact, he actually outraised AOC in the last quarter. All told, this makes the race the second most expensive House race of 2020. (The Louisiana race with GOP incumbent Steve Scalise is No. 1, per OpenSecrets.org.)
  • Why? Chalk it up to AOC's high profile, on both the left and right. "I guarantee you 75% of his contributors don't know anything about him," GOP strategist Tom Doherty tells the Times, referring to Cummings. "I don’t know anything about him except that he’s running against AOC The people that are interested in that race financially are giving because it’s AOC."

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