Byrne Outraised Connolly in April, May
In the heated race for the Democratic nomination in the 11th congressional district, former congresswoman Leslie L. Byrne out-raised Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly over the past two months.
Byrne and Connolly, widely regarded as the two front-runners for the Democratic nomination in the race to succeed retiring Rep Tom Davis (R-Va.), now both have roughly the same amount of money to spend during the final two weeks leading up to June 10 primary.
According to campaign finance reports, Byrne raised $182,000 between April 1 and May 21, and has $286,000 in the bank. Connolly, who had a significant cash-on-hand advantage over Byrne just two months ago, reported he raised $152,000 during the same time period. Connolly has $280,000 in the bank.
Joe Fox, Byrne's campaign manager, said in a statement the fund-raising reports prove "the momentum continues to favor Byrne in this race."
"We're raising more money, we've got the support of grassroots Democrats and the progressive netroots," said Fox said, noting Byrne also recently picked up endorsements from U.S. Reps. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA),. Sam Farr (D-CA), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and Nydia Velazquez (D-NY). "It's clear that Leslie Byrne is the best choice for Democrats eager to win this seat back in November."
James Walkinshaw, Connolly's campaign manager, noted that Connolly picked endorsements on Thursday from The Fairfax Coalition of Police, the Fairfax Deputy Sheriff's Coalition and the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA).
"We are pretty confident the momentum is with us and we will be in good shape come June 10," Walkinshaw said.
Former Navy fighter pilot Douglas J. Denneny and physical therapist Lori P. Alexander are also seeking the Democratic nomination. Denneny has about $18,000 in the bank, but also reports $9,600 in debt, according to the Federal Election Commission. Alexander raised about $9,000, a third of which she still has left available to spend.
The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Keith S. Fimian, a successful businessman who has already put $300,000 of his own money into his campaign. Fimian had $740,000 on hand as of March 31.
May 30, 2008; 2:25 PM ET
Categories: Election 2008/Congress , Gerald E. Connolly , Leslie L. Byrne , Tim Craig
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