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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

VA-GOV: McDonnell has bigger War Chest

Via The Hotline:

Bob McDonnell, the GOP candidate for VA governor, trailed his Dem rival in furndraising for the last month-long filing period, but having sailed to the nomination without a fight, McDonnell has been able to squirrel away more money and heads into the general flush with cash.

The McDonnell campaign has almost $5M on hand as of 6/30, the end of the last reporting period. That's nearly double the amount reported by Dem state Sen. Creigh Deeds' team.

McDonnell raised approximately $1.8M between 5/28 and 6/30 from 3,452 donors -- with 2,181 donors who contributed $100 or less. Seventy-five percent of McDonnell's donors are from the Commonwealth.

Neither the RNC nor the RGA funneled money to McDonnell during that period.

"Our campaign enters the final four months of the race in a strong financial position to carry our positive message of new jobs and more opportunities to every region of the state," said McDonnell campaign manager Phil Cox. "Despite the fact that we were on television for over half of the period, we maintain a nearly 2 to 1 cash on hand advantage over our opponent. ... Today's report is a further demonstration of the broad appeal, and growing momentum, of our campaign. Virginians are rallying around Bob McDonnell's positive message."

Deeds announced yesterday that he raised $3.4M in June and has $2.7M on hand. But his most recent total was bolstered by contributions from the DGA ($400K), SEIU ($100K) and AFSCME ($500K).

These numbers are simply impressive! I believe that if these fundraising numbers hold, McDonnell will win and end almost 8 years of the Democratic Taliban's regime here. GO MCDONNELL!!!

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