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Democrats hold wide cash leads in all four competitive Va. House races

Ben Pershing

Virginia's four potentially vulnerable Democratic members of Congress all have commanding financial leads over their opponents, giving them a key strategic advantage as they battle anti-incumbent headwinds between now and November.

Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show that Democratic Reps. Rick Boucher, Gerald Connolly, Glenn Nye and Tom Perriello each ended the second quarter of the year with at least $1.3 million in the bank, while their four GOP challengers each had less than $300,000 available as of June 30.

Incumbents usually, but don't always, outraise challengers, and total campaign cash is only one of multiple factors that determine the winners on Election Day. But the Democrats' edge at this point means that Republicans will have to spend more time on the fundraising circuit and will be less able to saturate the airwaves with advertisements. It also means that national Republicans may have to make difficult decisions about which of their candidates to assist financially.

"Republicans talk a big game about the strength of their candidates, but these finance reports show a surge in support for independent-minded, results-oriented Democrats," said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Jesse Ferguson, wondering which GOP candidate will be the first one national party leaders "abandon to the sidelines."

• In the 11th district in Northern Virginia, Oakton businessman Keith Fimian had $269,000 in the bank at the end of June, while Connolly had $1.3 million. Connolly outraised Fimian in April, May and June, $385,000 to $333,000.

• In the 9th district in the southwest region of the state, Boucher had $2 million in the bank at the end of June, while state House Minority Leader Morgan Griffith (R) had $297,000. They raised similar amounts for the quarter -- $298,000 for Griffith and $285,000 for Boucher.

• In the 5th district, which cuts from north of Charlottesvile down to the North Carolina border, Perriello had $1.7 million on hand as of June 30, while state Sen. Robert Hurt (R) reported $216,000. The Republican raised a total of $376,000 for the quarter, while the Democrat raised $660,000.

• And in the Hampton Roads-based 2nd district, Nye reported $1.3 million available at the end of the quarter after raising $326,000. Auto dealer Scott Rigell (R) had just $227,000 left after raising $579,000, though Rigell is wealthy and is potentially able to erase some of that difference from his own pocket.

Fimian, Hurt and Rigell all had to overcome tough primaries before they could claim the Republican nominations, and so their fundraising from now through November will probably exceed the pace they set earlier in the year.

National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Andy Seré said the four Democrats remained vulnerable, despite the financial breakdown.

"Incumbents leading the fundraising race is the norm," Seré said, adding that "what is uncommon -- and deeply encouraging for us," is that the Republicans were generally outperforming the Democrats in publicly released polls.

By Ben Pershing  |  July 16, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Election 2010 , Gerald E. Connolly , Glenn Nye , Keith Fimian , Morgan Griffith , Rick Boucher , Robert Hurt , Scott Rigell , Tom Perriello  
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this election is about jobs...
no jobs...
no votes...

Posted by: DwightCollins | July 17, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

can these lawmakers say why they don't hold obama accountable for his agenda...
can these lawmakers explain why obama is so anti white and let a black panther threatening white voters at a polling place off...
can they...
can they explain their action...
what they have done to get America back on track...
or are we going to hear nothing but lies...

Posted by: DwightCollins | July 17, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Can the Republican Party explain why they vote against the middle class on everything? .... Can they?
Can the Republican Party ever come up with ideas and solutions (other than tax cuts for the rich) to help America? Can they?
Can the Republican finally admit they were the problem of the distruction of America 2000 to 2007? Can they?
NO ...... they won't! They blame everything on everyone else EXCEPT themselves. That's a BIG problem for them.
Lies, cheats, crooks and smoke and mirrors are the Republicans cred.

Posted by: lunetrick | July 17, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Yo, Dwight...crackerhead...Obama doesn't control every black person on the planet, like OMG, he gets blamed for every yah hoo that has a nutty idea if he's black? Yo, crackerhead, Obama was ELECTED....yeah babe, ELECTED to do the very things he campaigned about doing and is doing! Can you explain why the Republicans say any out landish lie to make crackerheads like you freak out...and blame Obama for everything when he didn't do any of it? Dang if he can't fix it with ALL the odds set up against him with the theives in the Republican party who can find a tax cut for the rich and they don't care if it increases the deficit but when a family needs unemployment insurance extensions because the Republicans are obstructing any corrective action in jobs. Then they care about the deficit and they want to balance it on the backs of people who are struggling to put food on the table. It's people like you, crackerhead, blaming the victims, the people of this country, who were raped, robbed and pillaged by the last 8 years of Republican rule and other Republicans who spent billions on BS war stuff, and your buddies who think the Republicans care a rats rear about your family all the way laughing to the bank, "I got mine too bad." All you can do is call the one President who wants to give the middle class a shot, a liar and a cheat. Hitler said he depended on stupid people to take over Germany and we got a bunch of homies right here growing all that hate and racism and STOOOOOOPPPPPPIDITY. Please do the world a favor and don't procreate and if you have already, piss your kids off more so they rebel. Unfortunately it will take a few generations of heavig cleaning to wash this country of these kinds of wack jobs.

Posted by: jacquie1 | July 17, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, Dwight, you are certainly right about one thing, this election is about jobs. The jobs the Republicans let get outsourced to China, Mexico, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bengladesh. This election is about Republicans not getting the job done in Afghanistan before going into Iraq for Bush to have a grudge match for Daddy and Cheney cronies to get their greedy little paws on Iraqi oil. This is about Republicans not doing their jobs administering government oversight of robber barons on Wall Street and not being on the job when that mining company allowed so many safety infractions to cost good men their lives. Yes, it's about jobs alright, giving a deficit expanding tax break to the wealthiest Americans so they can use tinkle down economics to give working folks low paying, no benefit, subservient service jobs instead skilled jobs or jobs utilizing educational training. Now Obama's team is getting the job done, enforcement of illegal employment of illegal immigrants is up, and they're getting the job done in enforcing fraud investigations in medicare billing rip offs, getting the job done in creating the technology that could quit putting oil revenues in the pockets of people who use it to kill us. Obama's team is getting the job done with making allied democracies respect our policies and willing to get the job done to reduce greenhouse gases and global warming which seems especially poignant in the hottest summer since the last ice age. The only jobs the Republicans in Congress and state legislatures want to save are their own. Yet when the Democrats and Obama want to get on the job and rebuild and repair our infrastructure of roads, bridges, update air traffic control technologies all they can say is that they hope he fails. Yes, Dwight, this fall the election should be about jobs, and the people who are doing a heck of a lot better job of getting things done than the people you probably supported these last eight years, should be returning to their jobs so they can roll up their sleeve and continue to do the clean up job of the mess you folks left by not doing their jobs. After Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004 I definitely don't want to give you Republicans, neo-cons, baggers the job of counting votes!

Posted by: marsjo1 | July 17, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

The cash advantage despite the low polling of the candidates proves the point I made on my blog about the ridiculous advantage of incumbency. None of these Dems, particularly Connelly, are worthy of anyone's contribution.

Posted by: LloydtheIdiot | July 18, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

The fact that these legislators have raised the money they have despite low their own low polling and that of their party proves the point I just made on my blog about the ridiculous advantage of incumbency. None of them, particularly Connolley, is worthy of anyone's contribution. Unless, of course, you're contributing to their retirement fund.

Posted by: LloydtheIdiot | July 18, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

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