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Virginia Democrats Have Cash; Republicans Have Debt

Tim Craig

The Virginia Democratic Party continues to have a crushing advantage over the Virginia Republican Party when it comes to money that can be spent on the presidential, U.S. Senate and congressional races this year.

In campaign finance reports filed this week with the Federal Election Commission, the state Democratic Party had about $729,000 in its federal account, about $120,000 less than it had a month ago.

The Republican Party of Virginia reported it has $101,000 in its federal account. But over the past month, the party has generated $91,000 in unpaid debt, according to its July FEC report.

The state Democratic Party reported just $1,800 in unpaid bills.

But the Democrats' cash advantage in Virginia is not as much of a hurdle as it may appear for Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee for president.

The Virginia GOP coordinated campaign is so far largely being run out of the Republican National Committee, which has $69 million in the bank. The Democrats' coordinated efforts in Virginia are being paid for with funds from the state party's federal account.

By Tim Craig  |  July 22, 2008; 4:38 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/Local , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Election 2009 , Tim Craig  
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Comments

The GOP is desperate to keep Virginia, at least for the presidential race since it's likely they're going to lose the Senate race and at least a couple congressional seats.

So I'm not surprised the RNC is more focused on Virginia this early out. It's too early for the DNC to get involved, but they will when the time is right.

Posted by: Arlington Gay | July 22, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

After seeing Obama's 95 County/39 City strategy, the GOP may have to re-consider their four Regional Offices strategy.

Obama may just spend them to defeat. Sort of like what Reagan did with the Soviets. That would be ironic.

Posted by: NoVA | July 23, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

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