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Of the three main party candidates running in the race for New York’s 21st Congressional District, Democrat Aaron G. Woolf has raised the least amount of money — least being a relative term.

Mr. Woolf, who will face the winner of a Republican primary today between Elise M. Stefanik and Matthew A. Doheny, has raised $581,995 thus far, acccording to the Federal Election Commission.

Ms. Stefanik has raised $659,071 and Mr. Doheny has raised $780,190.

But Mr. Woolf has the most cash on hand — $377,085 — largely as a result of the divisive race between Ms. Stefanik and Mr. Doheny.

Ms. Stefanik has $184,419 on hand and Mr. Doheny has $192,384. They’ve spent $474,652 and $599,975 on their campaigns, respectively.

Mr. Woolf has spent only $204,911 — a pittance compared to the more than $1 million spent by the Republicans in the race.

Of course, that doesn’t include the more than $1.2 million spent by outside groups supporting Ms. Stefanik and opposing Mr. Doheny.

Mr. Woolf is apparently nervous about that outside money as both he and his finance director sent emails to supporters Tuesday asking them to contribute to his campaign.

“We can feel the momentum on our side. But we’ve already seen the Super PACs spend over $1.2 million... and that is just in the Republican primary. We can’t rest now!” Mr. Woolf wrote.

Polls opened at noon today in the primary election and will close at 9 p.m. Results will be posted on the Watertown Daily Times website as they become available.

Ms. Stefanik has been endorsed by the New York state Conservative Party and Mr. Doheny has been endorsed by the state Independence Party. The winner of today’s election will go on to carry the Republican Party’s banner in the general election. However, both candidates will still be listed on the ballot on their respective minor party lines.

Green Party candidate Matthew J. Funiciello is also in the race.

— DPF

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