RICHMOND, Va. — Democrat Terry McAuliffe hauled in $6.2 million for his Virginia gubernatorial bid in September in a show of fundraising prowess that further widened a huge monetary advantage over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who reported $3.4 million for the month.
That left the former Democratic National Committee chairman and master fundraiser for the presidential bids of Bill and Hillary Clinton with $1.8 million in the bank on Sept. 30 even after withering advertising purchases as the campaign reached its fall fever pitch.
Cuccinelli, by comparison, had $1 million on hand entering October, campaign spokeswoman Anna Nix said in an email to The Associated Press. Cuccinelli’s reports were not filed electronically with the State Board of Elections by its 5 p.m. deadline as a result of a technical glitch, she said.
According to the Virginia Public Access Project, an independent, nonprofit tracker of Virginia campaign cash, McAuliffe’s total raised for 2013 through September was almost $24.7 million. That’s 70 percent ahead of Republican Bob McDonnell’s $14.5 million at the same point in his successful 2009 run for governor.
Cuccinelli’s total raised for the calendar year through September comes to slightly more than $16.7 million.
Libertarian Robert Sarvis collected $27,237 for a campaign that polls show has garnered support disproportionate to his low fundraising totals. Polls within the past two weeks show Sarvis receiving 9 percent to as much as 12 percent of the vote, partly because of the low favorability marks for the major party candidates.
Independent polls show McAuliffe has widened a neck-and-neck race into a lead over Cuccinelli with three weeks remaining until the Nov. 5 election.
Both McAuliffe and Cuccinelli spent far more than they received last month. McAuliffe burned through $9.4 million in September. Nix said Cuccinelli’s campaign spent $4.3 million.
In SBE filings from other statewide candidates, Democrat Mark Herring reported raising $1.1 million in September, spending $372,334 and holding a $1.4 million cash balance while his Republican opponent, Mark Obenshain, raised $564,447 over those 30 days, spent nearly $2.2 million and began October with $320,221 on hand.
In the lieutenant governor’s contest, Republican E.W. Jackson received $263,027 in September, spent $408,634 and finished the month with $209,457 on hand, and Democrat Ralph Northam collected $433,026, spent $375,282 and reported $629,223 left over.
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