Cawthorn raised about $2.4 million during the first three quarters of this year and spent about $2.1 million, according to federal filings.
One of the questions going forward, though, will be whether western N.C. Democrats can maintain their momentum with Cawthorn out of the race, said Chris Cooper, a political science professor at Western Carolina University.
“(Beach-Ferrara) has been very successful fundraising from in district, but particularly out of district, and you’ve got to assume a good part of that is anti-Cawthorn money,” he said.
Of her donations of $1,000 or more, about 80% came from outside North Carolina, according to her campaign finance reports. Still, she will have a significant head start on Republicans who want to enter the race.
In the primary she will face several opponents, including Eric Gash, who has raised about $230,000.
“NC 14 is absolutely winnable,” said Beach-Ferrara, who also serves as a Buncombe County commissioner. “Our focus is squarely on getting out there and connecting directly with voters.”
On fundraising, she said that although some donors likely came to her campaign from an anti-Cawthorn perspective, they are more invested in the campaign for its own merits.
Gash, a Hendersonville native, said on Thursday that he was more concerned with issues facing residents than beating Cawthorn.