In what could be one of the most expensive political battles in Virginia history, NBC29 is following the money in the race for governor right down to your zip code.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli have both raked in millions of dollars from outside contributors, but looking closer at data across the commonwealth there are very visible - and very predictable - patterns of support.
According to data compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project, McAuliffe is outraising Cuccinelli by almost four to one in Charlottesville and the surrounding areas (McAuliffe's $317,108 vs. Cuccinelli's $84,501 through June 30). It's a different story in the Shenandoah Valley, where Cuccinelli is outraising McAuliffe 10 to one (Cuccinelli's $112,452 vs. McAuliffe's $11,985 through June 30).
Political experts say the numbers are less about dollars and cents, and more about how each campaign will gauge support leading up to Election Day. Former Staunton delegate-turned-political-consultant Chris Saxman says with very low turnout expected, the election will come down to every ballot cast - especially absentee ballots.
"I think the absentee ballot program is absolutely essential to winning this election," Saxman said. "And I think with the money that is on the ground, getting those absentee ballots in is going to be critical."
The next campaign contribution filing deadline - the last one before Election Day - is October 15.