Assemblyman George Latimer, D-Rye, Westchester County, raised $250,000 over the past six months for his state Senate bid, Democratic officials said.
He’s also expected to file his election petitions with about 3,100 signatures—three times the required amount.
Latimer is battling Republican Bob Cohen in what will be one of the most closed watched Senate races in the state. They are vying for an open seat; the seat is being vacated by retiring Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Mamaroneck.
Cohen narrowly lost to Oppenheimer in 2010, and Republicans are hoping the newly carved, lower Westchester district will benefit them. Senate Republicans hold a 33-29 seat majority.
But Democrats are hoping Latimer, who is already a proven vote getter, can retain the seat for them. No word yet on what Cohen raised.
Still, how much a Democrat can raise on his or her own may be more important than what a Republican Senate candidate can raise.
Senate Republicans are expected to file with about $5 million in the bank this week. Senate Democrats in January had about $1.5 million in debt.