Boucher vs. Griffith: The war over money
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.
April 9, 2010; 6:07 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Anita Kumar , Election 2010 , Rick Boucher
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