McDonnell's money lead grows and grows
It is now not out of the realm of possibility that by Tuesday's election day, Republican Bob McDonnell will have received a three times as much a Democrat Creigh Deeds in late big-dollar donations.
According to the Virginia Public Access Project, as of 5 p.m. on Saturday, McDonnell had collected $1.34 million in big contributions since Oct. 21, when the candidates began having to report gifts of $5,000 or more within 24 hours. Deeds had collected only $549,000 in big donations since then.
Those numbers included gifts through Oct. 30 and they showed that donations to McDonnell have been snowballing in recent days as poll after poll has shown him with big leads and contributors perhaps look to provide some late help to the candidate they perceive as the likely victor.
On Friday alone, McDonnell collected $184,310 in such gifts. Deeds received only $40,000.
The late money to a gubernatorial candidate who already had signficantly more top spend in the race's final days allows McDonnell to continue his dominance on the airwaves.
It also rents a whole lot of vans to send get-out-the-vote volunteers into neighborhoods for canvasses and to ferry voters to polling places Tuesday.
McDonnell is doing so well with money that other Republicans are now benefitting from his largess.
In recent days, McDonnell has given Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling $55,000 for his reelection campaign and Sen. Ken Cuccinelli $25,000 for his campaign for attorney general. Cuccinelli opponent Del. Steve Shannon was boosted by a late gift Friday of $100,000 from Vienna financial adviser Edward Hart Rice. He has collected $330,000 in big gifts since Oct. 21. Bolling rival Jody Wagner has taken in $244,00.
November 1, 2009; 3:59 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Bill Bolling , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Jody Wagner , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Steve Shannon
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