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Top 10 House Fundraisers

Anita Kumar

If you're trying to figure out which House of Delegates races will be the most competitive in Tuesday's primary, and later this fall, just follow the money.

Below find the 10 candidates that raised the most money in the two-month period that ended May 27, as compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in Virginia politics.

You'll notice that seven out of the 10 are Democratic candidates. Is that a sign that the Democrats have more strength heading into fall elections? Maybe not. Of the 12 primaries on Tuesday, nine are among Democrats, including four in Northern Virginia, so they have to have money right away..

Democrats are working hard to regain control of the 100-member House, which has been in Republican hands since 1999. They have won 11 seats since 2003 and need to win six more to win the majority.

10. Del. Margaret G. Vanderhye (D-Fairfax)
Raised this period: $60,826
Cash on hand: $90,845
She is being challenged by Republican Barbara Comstock, a Beltway insider who used to work for Mitt Romney, in what is shaping up to be one of the year's most competitive races.

9. Mark Keam (D)
Rasied this period: $61,846
Cash on hand: $30,615
He is running in a four-way race to replace Democractic Del. Stephen C. Shannon, who is running for attorney general.

8. John Cox (R)
Raised this period: $65,766
Cash on hand: $23,146
He is running in a three-way primary to replace retiring Del. Frank D. Hargrove Sr. (R-Hanover).

7. Del. David E. Poisson (D-Loudoun)
Raised this period: $65,964
Cash on hand: $67,430
He is being challenged by Republican Tag Greason in slightly Democratic leaning district.

6. Del. Thomas Davis Rust (R-Fairfax)
Raised this period: $69,743
Cash on hand: $107,886
He is being challenged by Loudoun County Supervisor Stevens Miller.

5. Barbara Comstock (R)
Raised this period: $71,339
Cash on hand: $130,962
Comstock is running in Fairfax County against Vanderhye (see above).

4. Esam Omeish (D)
Raised this period: $75,784
Cash on hand: $33,513
He is also running in the four-way race to replace Shannon (see above).

3. Del. Shannon R. Valentine (D-Lynchburg)
Raised this period: $83,059
Cash on hand: $171,199
She is running for re-election against one of the two Republicans competing in a primary Tuesday.

2. Cynthia Neff (D)
Raised this period: $89,966
Cash on hand: $74,904
The former IBM executive is running against Del. Robert B. Bell (R-Charlottesville) in a slightly Republican leaning district.

1. Robin Abbott (D)
Raised this period: $104,731
Cash on hand: $71,296
Abbott is running against Del. Phillip A. Hamilton (R-Newport News) and, as you can see, is the only candidate this period that raised $100,000.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 8, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009  
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