Hochul outshines his haters by raising a record $21.6 million for the campaign

Mr Williams had yet to release his fundraising figures on Tuesday morning. But Mr. Suozzi, who is aggressively challenging Ms. Hochul from his right flank, plans to report on Tuesday that he has raised more than $3 million since entering the race in November and transferred another $2 million from his account. campaign in Congress, according to Kim Devlin, his senior adviser.

Although he is trailing in the polls, the funds indicated Mr Suozzi would have the resources he needs to mount a short-term primary challenge, and his campaign said it was ready to announce a slew of new hires. .

And Republicans, enjoying a nationwide backlash against Democrats, believe they have a chance of winning a statewide race — something they haven’t done in New York since 2002.

Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Republican from Long Island, appears to be his party’s current frontrunner and was expected to announce a multi-million fundraiser on Tuesday. He is in competition with Rob Astorino, a former Westchester County executive, and Andrew Giuliani, the son of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York.

Candidates, and any political groups that support them financially, are required to file an itemized list of their contributions and expenses with the state Board of Elections by the end of Tuesday. Several campaigns, like Ms. Hochul’s, predicted the most important numbers before submitting the materials, making it difficult to gauge where their money was coming from or how it was being spent.

Ms. Hochul’s campaign, for example, initially trumpeted that more than 87% of contributions came from New York state. But that didn’t indicate the average size of donations or how many were under $200, numbers that typically help gauge the level of grassroots support for a campaign.

Under New York law, Ms. Hochul’s campaign can accept up to $69,700 from a single person, among the highest limits in the country for states that regulate campaign money.

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