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Northam builds cash edge on Gillespie in governor’s race

Democrat Ralph Northam has surged to a campaign fundraising edge over Republican Ed Gillespie in the governor's race in Virginia, according to campaign finance reports.

The latest reports for July and August were filed late Friday.

They show that Northam went from a $1.5 million cash-on-hand disadvantage on July 1 to a $3 million edge as of Aug. 30.

Northam's campaign now has a balance of about $5.6 million, compared to $2.6 million for Gillespie's campaign.

Gillespie came out of the summer primary with an edge in campaign money. Northam had to spend heavily to defeat a well-funded challenge from former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello. Gillespie did not spend as much, but was nearly upset by an underfunded Trump-like candidate.

Virginia is one of only two states electing governors in 2017. The contest is getting national attention as a potential early referendum on President Donald Trump.

In addition to both campaigns, politically active out-of-state groups backed by billionaire donors -- including Charles and David Koch, Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer -- have pledged to spend millions of dollars on the race.

Virginia has a no-limit campaign finance system. In 2013, the candidates combined to spend about $60 million on that election. The winner, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, is not allowed to seek a second term under Virginia's Constitution.


Reminds me that Hillary had a big cash advantage over Trump, lol. The same dark money groups trying to win elections in Virginia with the same losing message doom Northam to defeat.

In any event, it would be nice if the Koch’s, Bloomberg’s and Steyer’s of the world would stay out of this and let Virginians determine their own future based on our assessment of our needs and the candidates’ ability to meet those needs.  A governor’s race 10 months after Trump takes the oath is a completely imperfect political laboratory to pass judgement on Trump—congressional races next year—sure.  And, during a time when Trump is turning his back on the GOP anyway, even less appropriate to hold Gillespie accountable for the performance of a President from a party he is barely a member of. 

Any particular reason you mentioned the name of Northam’s opponent but referred to Gillespie’s as “an underfunded Trump-like candidate.”


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