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Miscellaneous Slicin' and Dicin' (Part III)

Amy Gardner

And now, the bits and pieces from the latest Virginia money reports.

Down the ballot, candidates collected a pale shadow of the millions rolling in for Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell, but here's the overview. For attorney general, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Steve Shannon brought in virtually the same amount, $292,000 and $285,000, respectively. Shannon remains far ahead in cash on hand, with $1.3 million compared to Cuccinelli's $333,000.

For lieutenant governor, incumbent Republican Bill Bolling retains a cash advantage, taking in $366,000 and bringing his on-hand total to $1.1 million. Democrat Jody Wagner raised $232,000 but spent $317,000, including a big chunk of television in the final days of her primary against Mike Signer. Wagner's new total in the bank: $188,000.

Here's an interesting tidbit, courtesy of my intrepid colleague Tim Craig, who hasn't broken his addiction to VPAP or Virginia politics in general: Terry McAuliffe gave himself $500,000 on June 22, presumably to settle his account.

And here's a noteworthy contribution to Bob McDonnell that might surface, say, in a discussion of the Republican's ties to the religious right: McDonnell received $5,000 from the Campaign for Working Families. That's the "unapologetically pro-family, pro-life and pro-growth" shop of Gary Bauer, the former presidential candidate and former president of Family Research Council.

Last but not least, this just in from the waaaay-down-ballot races: Incumbents have the advantage.

Republican Dave Albo in southern Fairfax County's 42nd District (Lorton, West Springfield) raised $128,000 compared to second-time challenger Greg Werkheiser, a nonprofit executive who raised $30,000. In the Loudoun-Herndon-straddling 86th, incumbent and former Herndon mayor Tom Rust (R) raised $56,000, while Stevens Miller (Democratic Loudoun supervisor) raised $34,000 (and Rust has $119,000 in the bank compared to Miller's $42,000).

Paul Nichols of Prince William County is taking nothing for granted after just one term representing the swinging 51st District along the Occoquan River. Nichols swept in $129,000 this period compared to Republican challenger Richard Anderson, a 30-year Air Force veteran who collected just $12,000.

In Mount Vernon's open (and Democratic-leaning) 44th District seat, where Dem Kris Amundson is stepping down, Republican Jay McConville, a defense contractor and youth athletics organizer, reported taking in just $22,000, while Scott Surovell, lawyer and outgoing chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, said he raised $82,000 in his first 10 days in the race (Surovell's report isn't in yet).

One Democratic challenger in Newport News looks to be surprisingly well-funded against a well-known Republican incumbent. Robin Abbott, lawyer and consumer advocate, raised $55,000 and has $113,000 in the bank, compared to Republican Phil Hamilton (the No. 2 Republican on House Appropriations), a school administrator who raised $113,000 and has $180,000 on hand.

By Amy Gardner  |  July 16, 2009; 8:22 AM ET
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Election 2009  
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GREAT Slicin' & Dicin' reports...thanks!

Posted by: --sg | July 16, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes Amy, but in the Nichols/Anderson race, you fail to note that $100K of the $129K the Nichols "swept in" was a loan from HIMSELF.

Posted by: beefelt | July 17, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

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