Last-Minute Funds Flowing into Race for VA Attorney GeneralPosted: Updated:
An overwhelming amount of outside money is flowing into Virginia politics this week - but what's most surprising is not where the money is coming from, but where it's going.
This has been, by far, the most expensive election year in Virginia history, but in the final days, big spenders aren't focused on the race for governor. They're looking for a bigger bang for their buck down ticket, in the race for attorney general.
Just days before you head to the polls, the men running to become the state's so-called "top cop" are raking in some last-minute spending money.
In less than a week's time, between October 24 and October 30, Republican Mark Obenshain and Democrat Mark Herring managed to take in a collective $3.7 million.
“There's a lot of attention right now being put on the attorney general's race,” said Herring.
“Donors are responding, people understand this is an important race,” said Obenshain.
But, you might ask, why here - and why now? Simply put, this race could still go either way. New poll numbers from Christopher Newport University show the attorney general race is still locked in a statistical tie. And in just the past week or so, donors have poured more than twice the amount of money into this race than the race for governor, in hopes of having a tangible effect on the outcome.
“We were always figuring it was going to be close and hard-fought, and that's the way it's coming down,” said Herring.
“I'm fortunate to have the resources to be able to communicate this message across Virginia,” said Obenshain.
Behind the big numbers are some even bigger names.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's independence USA super PAC has already thrown well over a million behind Herring.
The Republican State Leadership Committee, chaired by former Romney strategist Ed Gillespie, has thrown $2.7 million behind Obenshain.
This is one race that will come down to the wire, and the candidates themselves aren't slowing down. Obenshain criss-crossed the state Friday, heading from Harrisonburg to the tidewater area. Herring spent much of the day in Richmond asking for voters' support.