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Warner Ends Year With $1.1 Million in Bank

Tim Craig

Sen. Mark R. Warner (D) spent $12.5 million last year in his successful campaign against Republican James S. Gilmore III, according to recently released campaign finance reports.

But Warner still has $1.1 million in the bank, even though he is not up for reelection until 2014. Warner totally dominated Gilmore in the money race last year. Gilmore raised and spent about $2.4 million on his campaign.

In the 11th Congressional District, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va) raised and spent about $2 million in his race. Connolly ended the year with $25,000 in the bank.

In the 5th Congressional District, Rep Tom Perriello (D-Va.) raised and spent about $1.8 million in his surprise upset of former congressman Virgil Goode, a Republican. Goode raised $1.9 million, but still reports a balance of $165,000. Perriello won by just 727 votes, which raises the question of whether Goode could be prevailed if he had just spent all the money he raised.

In the 2nd Congressional District, Rep. Glenn Nye (D-Va.) spent only $1.3 million on his race, although the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also invested heavily in his effort. Nye unseated Republican Thelma Drake, who spent about $2 million.

In coming months, the focus will be on Sen. James Webb's fundraising for clues about how seriously he is taking his reelection campaign in 2012. Webb has only $206,000 in the bank.

Considering Warner's spending last year against an under-funded GOP opponent, Webb may have to raise at least $20 million for his 2012 campaign, although the state's senior senator has yet to publicly say whether he plans to run again.

By Tim Craig  |  February 9, 2009; 10:46 AM ET
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