U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, had a huge lead in campaign cash heading into 2022.

But Republican challenger Liz Lemery Joy of Schenectady raised more than twice what Tonko raised in so-called “small dollar” un-itemized contributions of less than $200 each, viewed as an indicator of grassroots support.

Tonko, a seven-term incumbent, had $1.05 million in his campaign fund, including money carried over from previous campaigns, as of Dec. 31, the most recent report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

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