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Boucher vs. Griffith: The war over money

Anita Kumar

The congressional race in southwest Virginia's 9th District has finally started in earnest and here's where they stand when it comes to the all-important money game.

U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher (D) has nearly $2 million in the bank while his likely Republican challenger, Morgan Griffith, majority leader in the state House of Delegates, has $104,000, according to new finance reports that will be filed next week.

Yes, that's some disparity. But there's a couple ways you can look at those numbers.

On the one hand, Griffith is going to have a hard time catching up to Boucher, a 28-year incumbent who essentially had a $1.7 million headstart when Griffith jumped into the race in February.

On the other hand, Griffith didn't do too bad -- raising $104,000 in a two-week period last month while Boucher raised $317,199 in the full-three month fundraising period from Jan. 1 to March 31. (Griffith chose not to fundraise until after the legislative session was over even though state law does not prohibit it.)

Republicans will officially choose a nominee at a May 22 convention. The main event is, of course, in November.

By Anita Kumar  |  April 9, 2010; 6:07 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Anita Kumar , Election 2010 , Rick Boucher  
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$104,000? Ouch!

Add that to the fact Griffith doesn't live in the district and the list of supporters including nearly every business leader in the district that Boucher released a while ago -- this race is probably over before it starts.

Posted by: jeffersonian1 | April 9, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

We'll see what happens when Griffith's fundraising operation kicks into high gear.

Posted by: VirginiaIndependent | April 10, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Morgan should hear from Don Blankenship shortly about where he stands on coal mine safety!

Posted by: TomPaine2 | April 10, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

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