(CNN) – Democratic frontrunner Tim Kaine took in $1.65 million in the fourth quarter for his Virginia Senate bid, his office announced Tuesday.
The former governor, now in a heated race against Republican frontrunner George Allen, finished the year with $5.2 million raised and $3.3 million in the bank.
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"I'm overwhelmed and sincerely grateful for the enthusiastic support we've received in the first nine months of this campaign," Kaine said in a statement.
His fourth quarter numbers outpaced Allen's campaign, which reported $1.1 million for the same time period and $4.5 million raised for the entire year.
Kaine's campaign also holds a $1.3 million cash-on-hand advantage over Allen for the fourth quarter.
Kaine left his job as chair of the Democratic National Committee in April to launch his Senate bid.
Meanwhile, Allen, who once held the Senate seat before losing re-election in 2006, kicked off his campaign three months prior in January of last year.
With two former governors vying for the seat–soon to be vacated by Democratic Sen. Jim Webb–the race has already drummed up heavy attention and polls show the two candidates in a close match.
Both Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg, non-partisan political handicappers, rank the 2012 Senate contest as a toss-up.
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Isn't Kaine the ZERO that ran the Senate campaign committee in 2010 and got his butt kicked by the Republicans??? HAHAHA!!! Yeah, I thought so... Must be looking for some more humiliation.
Don't you people get it. Raise a lot of Campaign cash, spend a little of it and keep the rest to do with as you please.
That is the great white lie of political campaigns. They aren't always raising money for campaigning. Sometimes it's just about accumulating a nice nest egg.
The corrupt union bosses in Virginia must be stealing a lot of money from their members.
Running against old MICCA (sp?) himself huh?? Good luck Mr. Kaine!!
Great......................Kaine 2013 Senate
Kaine was a very successful Governor working for all Virginians. Just like on the national level our Dems (Warner & Kaine) had to clean up all the mismanagement and misdeeds of his GOP predecessors. Allen and Gilmore were terrible because they were typical self-serving GOP trying to blend their religion of choice and their greedy politics with our state government – just as McDonnell and Cuccinelli are doing right now. Of course the GOP & their minions will try to spread rumors and lies, but in Virginia we lean BLUE and therefore the majority doesn’t follow fox.
As Senator Kaine will continue to work hard for all Virginians, and Virginians know it. Plus he has the Dems best weapon on his side (GOPs still foolishly think he’s a burden) – President Obama!
In a thinking state as Virginia Obama has strong support.
3 states 3 winners, congress approval rate very law, 47 states to go conservatives still looking for candidate ,Rush Limbaugh going after GOP “ Party doesn’t trust the base” what a mess
Tim Kanine strategy is working
Truth somebody wrote:
Isn't Kaine the ZERO that ran the Senate campaign committee in 2010 and got his butt kicked by the Republicans???
Kaine is the guy who brought Virginia home for the Democrats in the 2008 general election.
if he wants the money bring in obama...oh yea.. he dont want his picture with him..
@willie floyd – it's "macaca" and you can check my spelling too!! lol
Kaine is going to win. There are a lot of folks here in VA that respects him and still remembers the racist remark Allen made. I look forward to President Obama coming here to campaign for Kaine; and I know he will.
I first met President Obama – the “I don't even know if I would run for President” – Obama, when he came here to campaign for Tim Kaine at VCU. Tim Kaine was running for governor. I was "shocked" to see how many people loved him and knew him; the crowd was tremendous. That day reinforced that first day I heard him speak in 2004 at the Democratic Convention and I knew he would one day be our President – And here he is!!!