July 14th, 2009
12:01 PM ET
12 years ago

McDonnell holds the edge in Virginia gov fundraising race

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/13/art.bobmcdonnell.com.jpg caption="Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell has more money in the bank than his Democratic contender Creigh Deeds."](CNN) - In the closely contested battle for Virginia governor, campaign cash could be a crucial factor - and as of right now, the Republican gubernatorial candidate has more money in the bank than his Democratic rival.

Republican Bob McDonnell's campaign announced Tuesday that they have nearly $5 million cash on hand, and that they raked in over $1.8 million in the period ending June 30.

On Monday, Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds announced that his campaign has $2.7 million in the bank, with $3.4 million raised during the same period.

Deeds, a Virginia state senator, came from behind to top Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran in the June 9 Democratic primary. McDonnell, the former Virginia state attorney general, did not face a primary opponent. Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, is term-limited and can't run for re-election this year.

The McDonnell campaign says that they received contributions from 3,452 donors. That's nearly 1,000 more than the approximately 2,500 donors announced by the Deeds campaign.

"Our campaign enters the final four months of the race in a strong financial position to carry our positive message of new jobs and more opportunities to every region of the state," says McDonnell for Governor Campaign Manager Phil Cox.

On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden headlines a fundraiser for Deeds in Richmond, Virginia.

Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Creigh Deeds • Virginia
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Reginald Day virginia

    anne July 14th, 2009 12:38 pm ET

    I was a Democrat until recently as well. Now the party stands for nothing but spend, spend, spend, spend.
    Anne, so what party will you join. Bush and the republicans double the deficit? That sounds like spend, spend, spend to me.

    Where you going Anne?

    July 14, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. honduranboy

    is leslie for real, ha she not been watching the happenings in the republican party lately.Clearly she is a diehard republican and not a democrat. NIce try leslie!!!!!!!!!

    July 14, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Bob McDonnell massively outraised Deeds 4 years ago in the AG race, and only wound up winning by 300 some odd votes. This year, however, there are a lot more Democrats that have moved to Northern Virginia (me included) and we can't wait to vote.

    July 14, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Mass

    Why can't she shut her hole?

    July 14, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. DoneWithDems

    I'm a proud American. A proud Virginian and I will donate all that I am able towards Bob McDonnell's campaign for Governor. Anyone that can't see that the liberal agenda is bankrupting our country and our legacy is simply blind.

    Also, I agree with Butch/Good News, MA. I monitor this blog day after day and am dumbfounded by the comments coming from "Dutch". Living here in Hampton Roads I can tell you his opinions are the exception not the rule. Sounds more like Troll talk to me than factual observations.

    Empirical data please....

    July 14, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. GOP = Party of Tolerance and Humility

    Deeds is a strong finisher so McConnell needs Palin to campaign with him to excite the voters and push him over the top.

    July 14, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    So you're basically saying that Deeds has been out-pacing McDonnell's fundraising by almost 2:1. That's good news.

    The fact that McDonnell had more money is obvious: Deeds had to fight his way through a tough primary, that costs money... McDonnell didn't.

    However, Deeds is beating McDonnel by 4-6 points because of greater name recognition, greater familiarity, higher favorability, and simply a better match of policy to people.

    The fact that McDonnell has only a 2.3 million dollar advantage to counter Deeds MULTIPLE advantages (including a nearly twofold advantage in the pace of fundraising), means that unless something unforseen happens, Deeds will be the next governor of VA.

    July 14, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. TCM

    @ Butch/Good News, MA

    Hey Butch, if Dutch goes back to school, make sure he enrolls in English 101; his spelling is a little rusty...

    The GOP's funds are rolling in because the country sees the liberal slight of hand that took place with the election. Obama's scam to get into the White House worked; however, his total incompetence is shining like a beacon in the night. He's unable to utter a complete sentence without the use of a teleprompter....now, what does that say about his leadership ability?

    July 14, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. carlos only smarter

    leslie....are you sure you are not blabbing about the repugnant reptiles.......you are not a democrat....you are a ditto head for rush the bloated one

    DEEDS will win it for the real Virginians

    July 14, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Jeff in Atlanta

    Maybe he should talk to Franken on how to steal an election. It worked for him.
    Don't talk to Gore. He failed in his bid to steal the election.

    July 14, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Mark of Saint Louis

    Dont worry libs, ACORN should bring in enough dead voters to sway the election in your favor.

    July 14, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. TCM

    I love the way the bitter libs scurry over to the next blog to try and bash Palin....

    Palin's far more intelligent and more skilled at running the country than Obama is....even after his "one and done," term. The problem with liberals is they think they can solve all issues by raising taxes and giving away your money....It'll take decades to uncover and reveal all the corruption spawned by the Obama administration....guys like IG Walpin will continue to be fired in attempts to cover it up...however, honest, sound Americans, will prevail.

    July 14, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. jt

    Looks like all the two close gubernatorial races are leaning towards the right.....

    Indicative of the way Americans feel about the "change" occuring in our country??

    July 14, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. IndyVoter

    Anne & Leslie are not Democrats. Any Democrat worth thier salt has been listening keenly to the President & his cabinet and have kept up with what the Governors and Senators in their states are doing with the stimulus money and understand that Repbulicans are full of hooey! The spending is necessary and Democrats know that. We have stopped the internal bleeding and are now trying to stabilize our economy. Nothing is free. You have to invest in something to get something back. We will reap the good that Pres. Obama has sown. But it will take more than 5 months. Good grief.

    July 14, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. tony

    It won't matter at the end Deeds will easily overcome the money factor just one Obama fundraiser will do the work. I am from TX, most conservative state and even TX is turning blue. Can't wait for 2010 elections when repub will lose even more.

    July 14, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. Kelby In Houston, TX

    I believe that too much focus is placed on the amount of money a candidate raises. I think we, as voters, should place more emphasis on the candidates plans and desires for the office they are running for. More important than advertising what you say is the content of what is being said. I want to know what kind of agenda these people want to push, not how much money they were able to beg for.
    We should pay attention to what they are saying.
    Not just pay their campaign fund...ya dig?

    July 14, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Richard, GA

    Good Luck to you Bob. We have to kick these democrats out including Barack Obama from the white house. They have destroyed our economy and now Barack is asking us to wait for 2-3 years for his economic plan (stimulus plan) to work. By that time Barack Obama and other democrats would pocket lot of millions. Right now I am sure most of the money is going to their pockets in the name of stimulus. Barack Obama has no integrity and no experience. He is a teleprompter president. I have not seen any world leader as inexperienced as Barack Hussein Obama.

    July 14, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. SD, Michigan

    As far as I'm concerned, any Republican could spend billions campaigning if he likes, I'd never vote for one.

    July 14, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    In response to the Palin article:

    I guess a small-town community organizer is sort of like a "governor," except that you don't abandon your responsibilities.

    July 14, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. Hugo

    tedious 898 – Let me get this straight, you think Obama and Biden are of superior intellect because they are lawyers or law professors versed in Constitutional law? You must be a youngster or an Obama zealot, Ba Ba black sheep have you any fools, yessir, yessir a whole party full.

    Let me spell it out for ya, right or left: MONEY+ CONTROL= POWER!

    July 14, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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