January 15th, 2009
06:36 PM ET
13 years ago

Republican sitting pretty in Virginia governor's race

WASHINGTON (CNN) - For the moment, at least, things are looking up for the GOP in Virginia.

Republican Bob McDonnell has more than $2 million in the bank to fund his 2009 bid for the Virginia’s governor’s mansion, putting him well ahead of all three of his potential Democratic rivals in the money race, according to fundraising figures released by each of the campaigns.

Thursday was the deadline for each campaign to file year-end finance reports with the Virginia State Board of Elections.

McDonnell raked in $1.6 million during the most recent six-month reporting period, which lasted from June to December, and most of his money came in after election day, when Barack Obama turned Virginia blue on the presidential level for the first time in 44 years.

While the Democrats are facing off in a potentially costly primary battle, McDonnell has already locked up the Republican nomination and is devoting much of his spare time to raising campaign cash. Earlier this month, McDonnell - Virginia's current Attorney General - held a pair of fundraisers with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.

McDonnell now has more than twice as much money on hand as each of the Democrats in the governor’s race, including Terry McAuliffe, the well-connected former DNC chairman who officially entered the race in January and raised about $948,000 since he started collecting checks last fall. McAuliffe reported having about $718,000 on hand.

Despite that relatively modest number, McAuliffe has been in the race for only seven weeks and is expected to out raise and outspend all of the candidates as the campaign progresses.

State senator Creigh Deeds, a Democrat from Bath County, raised about $658,000 since June and ended the year with about $891,000 in the bank, about a quarter of a million more than he had six months ago.

Democrat Brian Moran, the former House delegate from Alexandria, raised roughly $755,000 since June and rustled up more than $2 million over the course of the year, but his campaign spent much of that war chest building their operation and finished 2008 with about $770,000 on hand.

Virginia's Democratic primary is scheduled for June 9.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Peter

    I dont fear anything from republicans but the fact that they wont be bipartisan

    January 15, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Simmy

    Virginians: You went Blue once, you can do it again! Don't get too relaxed yet, there's still work to do to revive our economy and lift the spirits of our country.

    New Yorkers: Don't be fooled by the propaganda from Andrew Cuomo and his crew. He, the -EX-husband of one of Caroline Kennedy-S's cousins, has people throwing his name around like a hot potato, it's personal. There is more to it than him being the "most qualified person." Why is his name and his connections not an issue?

    January 15, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Larry

    Thank GOD-Republicans are uniting and will get the country back on track in 2010.

    January 15, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. boered1

    hmm so he will outspend his opponents now if he is NOT elected does that mean that people will get over the idea that if they spend more they always win? nope the liar hillary fans will still believe that she lost, not due to her own incompetance, but because obama spent more than her.... the good point I guess is that this means people finally understand that they are too lazy to do real research and only select people on what they are told about them...


    January 15, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Karen

    Watch those Democrats they can't be trusted

    January 15, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. Bruce

    Good grief! I thought you were going to be talking votes! Money means nothing, unless you are in Illinois. He could have six billion dollars, and if he's not good, he won't get it.

    Does CNN really think money can trump votes? Go ask Mitt Romney. He'll tell you differently.

    It sickens me to think that news agencies would say someone is "sitting pretty" just because he has money. It is a sad commentary on how most people think you get into office.

    Mike Huckabee has shown you can get good results without owning a mint. He may never win an election, but he gets the most "bang for a buck."

    January 15, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. kayla

    who cares?

    January 15, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. vic

    It's a little early to be bragging, Mr. Republican.
    I think Terry McAuliffe will out raise all of them.

    January 15, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. Jack

    I am sending $20 to the democrat......Hell yes!

    January 15, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  10. EVOLVE


    January 15, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  11. Home of the Free

    This is a joke right??

    January 15, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. Cyrus Shick in Nashville, TN

    NO!!! Virginia, don't slide backward!!!!! TN's bad enough!!! VA has become the model state for how Southern politics should be, so please don't let this happen!

    January 15, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  13. Franky

    You know, they should do good, I would still consider Virginia Red. I think is fair to say that my boy won because of a lot of factors, he literally needed to change the game in that state. And like you said, Virginia turned blue for the first time in 40+ years, that says something. But in my opinion, the Dems who are running are on their own, I'm sure my boy has some troops that can help later on but overall, I doubt they'll bring in the recruits like my boy did when he visited the state himself...

    January 15, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |

    Republicans never sit pretty. They wear pointy hats at their rallies, meetings, whatever you wanna call them.

    And so you see...that's not pretty. That's scary.

    January 15, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Marty, FL

    McDonnell has fundraising connections with Rudy Giuliani? Enough said, and it's not pretty. No thanks.

    January 15, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  16. Heather

    He like all republicans will lose. Thank God that evil group is DONE just like the Nazi party. It is so sad they were allowed to exist so long.

    January 15, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. Rob

    Anything to make sure Terry McAuliffe stays out of office.

    January 15, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  18. ex Illinois man, now a Pennsylvanian

    Well, it's still early. After all, everyone thought that Hillary Clinton would be President back in December 2007. Who knows what could happen between now and November.

    January 15, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  19. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    What is Micky D running on? What's his platform? What is his vision for his state? What new ideas does he have and how does he want to implement them?

    Or is it just the ol' GOP mantra of "get elected – any way possible but don't bother to govern once "in power"?

    January 15, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  20. Bridg

    Proof that this country is full of Morons. While would anyone vote for a Repug???

    January 15, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. Lori

    The Republican party is still relevant? Seriously?

    January 15, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. Randy Nevers MI

    We need to get rid of the Democratic party, they are like Nazis.

    January 15, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  23. Rick Sutter

    Heather, I am thinking that you're, what, maybe 22 or 23? You'll grow out of it, hopefully.

    January 15, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  24. tess

    if i lived in virginia i would sell my soul to see that mcawful never won anything!!!!!! it seems that the dems think that they can buy anything they want now and nobody does anything to dissuade them. i would vote for a pig or goat before i would even consider a vote for mcauliffe!

    January 15, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. Denise

    The amount of money does not guarantee a win. I still say VA remains blue.

    January 15, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
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