The roaring 20th Congressional race

In New York's 20th Congressional District, voters have been hearing about the fight between Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand and her Republican challenger, Alexander Sandy Treadwell, for months, as it becomes one of the biggest races this year in terms of dollars spent and airtime bought.

As Election Day approaches and the two campaigns enter into the final push of the season, Spotlight Newspapers decided to contact both sides and see where they stand at crunch time.

The money

Both sides have posted big numbers in their war chests throughout the race, but Treadwell's campaign has finally surpassed Gillibrand's in total funds raised. In fact, the former New York secretary of state has raised the most money of any New York candidate running for the House of Representatives this year, with $5.38 million as of Sept. 30.

Gillibrand's campaign has taken in the third largest amount in the state's House races at $4.4 million. The Democratic incumbent has spent less, though, keeping about $1.5 million of that money in her war chest to Treadwell's $855,000.

Treadwell has personally contributed almost the exact same amount to his own efforts that the entire Gillibrand campaign has raised; his campaign took in about $800,000 from individual and group donations. He's the holder of a blind trust fund, built by former General Electric executives in his family.

These figures come from the Federal Election Commission, to whom all candidates must periodically report their campaign's finances. They numbers represent the time period up to Sept. 30, the latest date figures were posted.

Each candidate has spent well over $1 million for television advertising.

The implication is that the race in the 20th could easily top a $10 million price tag, eclipsing other Congressional races statewide.

Neither campaign identified any changes in how they will spend money in the last two weeks of the race, but with the cash remaining on-hand, both will be able to aggressively promote their messages.

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