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Sensing big gains, Republicans make late donations

Rosalind Helderman

From the Virginia Public Access Project comes some fascinating new numbers that show Republicans are making a late play for some seats in the House of Delegates where they were once thought to have little chance for pick-ups.

The late donations, from Republican Party of Virginia, Dominion Leadership Trust and
candidate committees for Speaker William Howell and Del. Morgan Griffith, is a sign that Republicans are hoping a tidal wave of a win Tuesday could pull even more delegate candidates into the winner's column than they had once thought.

It's a stunning turnaround in a year when Democrats had once talked about regaining control of the House for the first time since 1999.

Per VPAP, here are late donations from Republican to House candidates just since Friday:

-$27,893 to Kerry Bolognese, who is running against David Marsden in southern Fairfax

-$10,367 to Rafael Lopez, who is locked in tight battle against Luke Torian in what used to be Del. Jeff Frederick's district in Prince William

-$,3500 to James Morefield running against Del. Dan Bowling in southwest.

-$2,000 to Jennifer Lee, who is running against Matthew James for an open seat vacated by Kenneth Melvin in Portsmouth

-$2,000 to Melody Scalley, challenging Lynwood Lewis on the Eastern Shore

-$1,005 to James McConville, running against Scott Surovell for an open seat in the Mount Vernon area, recently vacated by Kris Amundson

By Rosalind Helderman  |  November 2, 2009; 4:29 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009 , Rosalind Helderman  
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