PLATTSBURGH — Incumbent North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is maintaining a significant campaign finance lead over her challenger in the 21st District race.

Second-quarter fund-raising results for 2019 show Stefanik (R-Schuylerville), raised $518,000 in the quarter, and had a total of $1,015,000 cash on hand.

By comparison, Democrat Tedra Cobb of St. Lawrence County, raised $356,595.22, and had a total of $377,955.34 cash on hand.


Stefanik defeated Cobb in last year’s race for the seat.

Cobb is the only Democrat to come out as a challenger for the 2020 race so far.

Stefanik’s campaign says her second-quarter finance showing featured donations from all 12 counties in the district, and is the strongest off-year collection in district history.

“I’m grateful for such overwhelming support for our campaign to continue delivering real results for families and small businesses across the District,” Stefanik said.

“This record level of support reflects my independent record of always putting the North Country first, and of reaching across the aisle to deliver real results for our district. I look forward to continuing to build our tremendous grassroots network of volunteers and supporters, and to winning in 2020.”


In addition to her own campaign fund-raising, E-PAC, Stefanik’s organization aiming to elect more Republican women to office, has raised nearly $400,000 since its re-launch in January.

E-PAC has already donated the maximum primary election contribution to 20 women running for office nationwide, the campaign said.

“E-PAC has shattered its fundraising goals so far, and I am proud to already be able to contribute to so many female Republican candidates for office in the off year,” Stefanik said.

“The stakes for our mission have never been higher and E-PAC is doing the necessary work to make a significant difference.”


Cobb’s second quarter numbers included 2,088 individual contributions, of which 82 percent were $100 or less.

Nearly 90 percent of contributions came from New York state, and nearly 75 percent came from inside New York’s 21st district.

None were from corporate political action committees, lobbyists or from insurance of pharmaceutical companies.

“I am proud of the support we have received,” Cobb said.

“The momentum we are building proves that voters are sick of business as usual in Washington. I have spent 30 years fighting for Northern New York families, whether it was to expand access to health care, lower the cost of prescription drugs, or as a volunteer firefighter.

Congresswoman Stefanik has spent her career in (Washington) D.C. supporting policies that help the large corporations that fund her campaigns at the expense of the very families I’ve spent my life fighting to protect.”


One analyst says the fund-raising numbers are impressive for an off year, but both candidates have a ways to go.

SUNY Plattsburgh Political Science Professor Dr. Harvey Schantz noted that in 2017-2018, Stefanik spent just under $3 million, and Cobb spent almost exactly $1.5 million.

“While both candidates are off to a good start in replenishing their war chests, both have more work to do in order to achieve last cycle’s numbers,” Schantz said.

At the end of the last election cycle, Cobb had about $39,000 cash on hand, so she has done a good job of replenishing her war chest with $378,000 cash on hand, Schantz said.

“Cobb will benefit if she does not have to deplete her resources in a contested primary against other Democrats,” he said.

Stefanik ended the last cycle with more than $352,000 cash on hand so she also has done well to go over $1 million cash on hand, Schantz said, but she has more work to do to reach the almost $3 million she spent in 2017-2018.

Email Joe LoTemplio:

Twitter: @jlotemplio

Staff Writer at Press-Republican since November of 1985. Has covered just about all beats at the paper, including sports.Currently covers government and politics. Graduated from Plattsburgh State in 1985. Originally from Rochester, NY.