McAuliffe Continues to Out-Raise, Out-Spend Cuccinelli
Left, Ken Cuccinelli; Right, Terry McAuliffe
One week away from Election Day, Virginia's most expensive election in history keeps raking in more cash.
In the latest campaign finance reports filed with the State Board of Elections Monday, Democrat Terry McAuliffe out-raised and out-spent his Republican opponent, Ken Cuccinelli, according to data compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project.
McAuliffe took in $8.1 million and spent $8.3 million between October 1 and 23. The campaign reported $1.6 million cash on hand. Cuccinelli raised $2.9 million and spent $3.4 million in the same period, reporting $604,000 cash on hand. Libertarian Robert Sarvis reported $81,500 in funds collected, and $58,600 on hand.
The ever-widening dollar disparity between McAuliffe and Cuccinelli is manifesting itself in the polls, with McAuliffe increasing his lead to double-digits in a Washington Post/Abt-SRBI released Monday. With more money rolling in, and more cash than his opponent, the Democrat has a significant financial advantage heading into the final week of campaigning.
The vast majority of Cuccinelli's financial support continues to come from the Republican Governor's Association, which had contributed $8,886,261 as of Oct. 23 ($970,0000 in the most recent reporting period).
McAuliffe also drew significant support from the Democratic Governor's Association, which has donated more than $6 million to date. And in the most recent filing period, McAuliffe's largest primary cash donor was none other than Napster founder and Virginia native Sean Parker, who gave $500,000 to the campaign. Parker also donated $200,000 to Ralph Northam's Lieutenant Governor campaign.
McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli are calling on some Washington star power to help turn out voters next Tuesday. McAuliffe will wrap up his four-day campaign tour with former President Bill Clinton Wednesday in Charlottesville and Roanoke, followed by appearances with President Barack Obama Sunday, and Vice President Joe Biden Monday in Northern Virginia. Meanwhile, Cuccinelli is rallying supporters this week alongside GOP congressman Rand Paul and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
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Ed joined the NBC29 news team in May, 2011. A Charlotte, NC, native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and political science.Full Story
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