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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Governor's Race- The money trail...

Sorry for the long time between posts...I had a couple rounds of golf to get out of my system after a long school year.

From the Richmond-Times Dispatch:

"Of the nearly $10 million raised by Kaine as of June 1, more than $1.3 million came from those who donated either to Hager or to Virginians for Warner or to both, according to a Times-Dispatch analysis of a database of gubernatorial campaign donations compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project.


The donations to Kaine, a former Richmond mayor, from supporters of Hager, a former lieutenant governor from Richmond who serves in the Bush administration, suggests how closely contested the race will be."

That's a really good total of support from Republicans for Tim Kaine. I'm just wondering but how much money has Jerry Kilgore received from Democrats and Independents?

"Kilgore, who resigned as attorney general in February, has drawn more than $1.2 million from Hager supporters and about $160,000 from donors to Virginians for Warner, The Times-Dispatch analysis shows.

About half the total money raised by Kaine came from donors who also gave to Warner. About one-fifth of the money collected by Kilgore came from contributors -- largely businesses and political action committees -- who also gave to Warner and, in many cases, to Kaine as well."

No doubt Kilgore has some strengths and he is raising money from the same sources that Mark Warner did in 2001, but Kilgore has raised a little over 1.5 million dollars less than Kaine. This could be a huge problem especially in the latter stages of this race. I know that the polls have Kilgore leading anywhere from 5 to 10 points but consistently raising less money than your opponent will be a detriment to you in the final outcome.

Quoting Larry Sabato:

"Kaine, like Warner, is attracting money from some moderate Republicans," said Larry J. Sabato of the University of Virginia. "At the same time, Kilgore is clearly doing better financially than Mark Earley was at this point in 2001. So once again, it suggests a close race."

I still like Kaine's chances!

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