The Washington Times - July 13, 2012, 11:43AM

The candidates in New Jersey’s Senate race posted similar fundraising numbers during the second quarter, but Democratic incumbent Sen. Robert Menendez still has significantly more money than Republican challenger Joseph Kyrillos.

The Menendez campaign announced Thursday that it raised $1.7 million during the second quarter, bringing its total cash on hand to $10.3 million. Mr. Kyrillos, a state senator, raised $1.3 million and has $2 million on hand, according to his campaign.


Mr. Kyrillos handily won a four-way GOP primary last month, while Mr. Menendez has run unopposed.
Most analysts have labeled the Democrat as a comfortable favorite for reelection, but Republicans hope the past quarter’s relatively even fundraising numbers indicate a more competitive race.

The most recent major polls, conducted in May by Fairleigh Dickson University and Quinnipiac University, showed Mr. Menendez with leads of nine and 10 percentage points, respectively.