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Kaine, Warner Raise $500,000 for Virginia Democrats

Tim Craig

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and U.S. Senate Candidate Mark R. Warner teamed up tonight to raise a half million dollars to support Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) presidential campaign in Virginia as well as the state's Democratic congressional candidates, according to party officials.

Kaine and Warner headlined a high-dollar fundraiser for the Virginia Democratic Party's coordinated campaign, which was held at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond.

The state party's haul from tonight's event will be added to the $729,000 it had in its federal account a month ago.

The Virginia Republican Party, meanwhile, was essentially broke a month ago, reporting $101,000 in the bank for federal races but also $91,000 in unpaid bills. But the GOP ground game in Virginia this year is largely being financed by the Republican National Committee, which is flush with cash.

A tiny portion of the GOP money was spent tonight, when the national party helped coordinate 90 house parties across Virginia in support of Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. More than 1,000 people attended, and they participated in a conference call with Cindy McCain and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), according to the McCain campaign.

Both parties expect to spend millions of dollars over the next three months to try to get their targeted voters to the polls in Virginia.

If Virginia continues to be a battleground state in the presidential race into the fall, neither party should have trouble raising the necessary funds from both instate and out-of-state donors.

By Tim Craig  |  August 14, 2008; 11:43 PM ET
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