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Deeds Raises $600,000

State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds raised more than $600,000 over the past six weeks and has $1.2 million in the bank for his bid to become the Democratic nominee for governor.

Deeds (D-Bath) was prohibited by law from raising money during the 45-day legislative session this year. But Deeds is now the second-best funded candidate in the race, trailing Terry McAuliffe.

Deeds' fundraising total for the quarter put him on par with one of his Democratic rivals, former delegate Brian Moran (Alexandria), who raised $800,000 during the first three months of the year. Moran resigned from the House last year to focus on his fundraising.

Deeds's aides said the candidate received 97 percent of his money in this quarter from within Virginia.

"Some people said that it was foolish of me to give up 46 days of campaign fundraising in order to stay and fight for you in the Virginia Senate," Deeds wrote in an e-mailed letter to supporters. "They said that I had no shot of keeping up with my opponents.

"But as we've said all along, we are on track to have the resources we need to let every Democratic primary voter know I'm the one candidate who's best prepared to continue the legacy of Mark Warner and Tim Kaine."

Deeds, a self-described "country lawyer" who was the first candidate to enter the gubernatorial race in December 2007, faces Moran and Terry McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, in the June 9 primary.

McAuliffe announced yesterday that he had raised $4.2 million so far this year, besting previous fundraising totals by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), who ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in 2005 and former governor Mark R. Warner (D) in 2001.

Since the start of the campaign, McAuliffe has raised about $5.2 million. Moran has received almost $3 million and Deeds has gotten nearly $2.8 million. When counting cash on hand, McAuliffe has about $2.5 million left in the bank, Deeds has about $1.2 million and Moran has $825,000.

Virginia has no limits on how much an individual or corporation can donate to a state race.

Republican nominee Robert F. McDonnell, Virginia's former attorney general who is running unopposed, has yet to release his fundraising totals. He raised $1.6 million during the second half of last year.

-- By Derek Kravitz

By Washington Post editors  |  April 9, 2009; 4:21 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds  
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I hope my fellow Virginia Democrats will strongly consider the candidacy of Sen. Creigh Deeds.

Republicans want to make the campaign a culture war where Democrats are portrayed as carriers of an alien, northern, urban value system at odds with traditional Virginia values.

McAuliffe plays right into this meme. Sen. Deeds, with his impeccable Virginia credentials, makes it almost impossible for the GOP to use such a tactic effectively.

Also, Deeds has already campaigned once against the GOP candidate for Governor, when they both competed for Attorney General, and he lost by a mere 350 votes despite being much less familiar to voters, especially in NOVA.

Given the current surge in motivated Democratic voters and Sen. Deeds inherent ability to neutralize most GOP culture war talking points, he should prove a very, very strong candidate this year.

I believe he is the best man to help unify the state around moderate progressive values, whereas I fear McAuliffe will merely exacerbate and confirm all of the worst prejudices of Virginia's conservative regions.

Posted by: nodebris | April 9, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

What nodebris says, but with a side of snark. My fellow Dems think VA is blue. It isn't. It isn't red either. It's Virginia. Mr. McAuliff, out of the blue, and out of a life of working for the national party, thinks he can bring something to Virginia. Maybe, but I don't think that what he can bring is what most Virginians want. (Mr. McAuliff, lots of $ doesn't necessarily equate with winning. Ask Sec. Clinton.) Former Del. Moran is a decent person, and was a hard-working representative of his very liberal district. The rest of Virginia won't embrace him. (Ask Ms. Burns. I don't know where she is at the moment, but you can find her preparing to be a spoiler in some upcoming election. Maybe dog catcher this time.) I think Sen. Deeds is the most electable Dem. candidate because he can connect with the parts of Virginia that think differently than many in DC's Virginia surburbs, but he gets us - DC's Virginian suburbabnites- too.

Posted by: IrishRose | April 9, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Go Deeds! Great job of getting that money! It speaks volumes that Deeds could do that and serve in the legislature while Moran ran away from his responsibilities and still hasn't outraised Deeds. Nice Moron.

Posted by: UVANick | April 14, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

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