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Democratic candidates show fundraising edge

The Democratic nominee for Virginia governor continues to outpace his Republican counterpart in fundraising, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe raised $3.7 million in April and May, compared to the $2.2 million drummed up by Republican Ken Cuccinelli over the last two months.

However, $2 million of McAuliffe’s two-month total came from the Democratic Governors Association. Cuccinelli received $1 million from the Republican Governors Association in this reporting period and $1 million in the prior reporting period.

In the first quarter of the year, McAuliffe raised nearly double what Cuccinelli raised.

The McAuliffe campaign used the fundraising deadline to announce that some Northern Virginia business leaders who have backed Republican candidates in the past, including current Gov. Bob McDonnell, are supporting McAuliffe this year.

“Virginians from all walks of life are looking for their next governor to be focused on growing our economy, improving education and reducing transportation gridlock,” McAuliffe said in a released statement.

Both campaigns are already investing in TV advertising, and there are no indications yet that Cuccinelli’s smaller bank account is hampering his campaign’s ability to blanket the airwaves.

“The latest financial report shows Ken Cuccinelli will have the resources necessary to successfully share his message of smaller government, better schools, and easing the burden on middle-class families throughout the Commonwealth,” said Cuccinelli campaign manager Dave Rexrode in a released statement.

Different recent polls show both candidates with an advantage, with polls surveying registered voters favoring McAuliffe and those focused on likely voters — people who are likely to actually vote in the low-turnout election year — give the edge to Cuccinelli.

The candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general have much less in their bank accounts, although all of those races have included competitive nominating processes.

Republican lieutenant governor candidate E.W. Jackson raised just $120,000 in April and May but did not become his party’s nominee until May 17.

Democrat Aneesh Chopra raised about $500,000 in the last two months, compared to about $330,000 for his June 11 primary opponent, Sen. Ralph Northam.

Republican nominee for attorney general Mark Obenshain raised about $219,000 in April and May.

Democratic primary opponents Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring were somewhat evenly matched in fundraising, with Fairfax bringing in about $133,000 and Herring nabbing just under $180,000.

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More endorsements for McAuliffe from prominent Rs - good idea!

oranges869, I’ll bet you right now Cuccinelli would love to have no record as a politician.  Unfortunately for him and ultimately the GOP, he does.

This guy should be the replacement for Jerry Lewis from the telethon. He is great at getting donations just not very good in business. Zero record as a politician.

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