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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 05:42 PM

Virginia Democrats Dominate Legislative Fundraising

But at least so far, fundraising on the part of individual Democratic candidates for the House of Delegates and Senate does not appear to have suffered.

In the House, where all 100 seats are on the ballot in November, Democratic candidates raised $2.4 million in the first quarter, compared with $1.7 million raised by Republican contenders. In the Senate, where all 40 seats are up, Democratic candidates raised $1.9 million while Republicans raised $1.1 million.

House Democrats touted the fundraising advantage in an email sent late Tuesday afternoon — with the aim of raising more money. “We’re winning,” the subject line said.

“These reports are hard, on-paper evidence that the will to win among Democrats is at an all-time high,” the email said. “We have the momentum and we have the competitive edge.”

Some Democrats had been concerned that they would not be able to count on fundraising help from Northam, Fairfax and Herring in this year’s legislative elections, which could prove pivotal. Virginia is one of just four states with such elections in 2019 and the only one with a competitive race for control of both houses of the legislature.


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