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Boucher enjoys huge cash lead over Griffith

Ben Pershing

Rep. Rick Boucher (D) has a nearly 7-to-1 cash advantage over state House Minority Leader Morgan Griffith (R), giving the incumbent a valuable edge in the 9th district contest.

Boucher reported to the Federal Election Commission that he raised $255,000 from April 26 to June 30 and finished the quarter with $2 million in the bank. Griffith took in a similar amount for the quarter -- $259,000 -- but had only $297,000 on hand as of the end of June.

While the Republican candidates in the 2nd, 5th and 11th congressional districts had to go through hard-fought primaries, dividing GOP donors and sapping away energy they could have devoted to fundraising, Griffith endured no such trial. He was nominated at a district convention in May and had been the presumptive nominee long before that.

The 9th district, which includes the southwest portion of the state, has long leaned towards the GOP. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won it in the 2008 presidential race by 19 points. But Boucher has faced tough contests before, holding the seat since 1982. The nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report rates this year's race as "Leans Democrat."

By Ben Pershing  |  July 15, 2010; 2:06 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Election 2010 , Morgan Griffith , Rick Boucher  
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According to Boucher's FEC report, his net contributions were $248,188.48, not $255,000.

Posted by: JTR555 | July 15, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Morgan is increasingly beginning to resemble a rented mule.

Posted by: jeffersonian1 | July 15, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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