WASHINGTON (CNN) - With less than three weeks to go until Election Day, Virginia Republican Bob McDonnell holds a big cash advantage over his Democratic opponent Creigh Deeds, according to fundraising information released by both campaigns Thursday.
The McDonnell campaign announced it has $4.5 million on hand, while the Deeds campaign said it has $2.7 million.
Despite McDonnell's cash advantage over Deeds, the two campaigns raised comparable amounts during the month of September. The McDonnell campaign reported raising $3.8 million last month from a total of 6,440 donors while the Deeds campaign said it raised $3.5 million from 3,763 total donors.
A Washington Post poll released a week ago showed McDonnell leading Deeds by 9 percentage points - 53 percent to 44 percent - in a survey with a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.