The congressional race that is perhaps the most-watched in Virginia also drew in the most money in the state in the last quarter, according to figures from the Virginia Public Access Project.
That’s the contest in the 10th District, pitting Democratic state Sen. Jennifer Wexton against incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock, a Republican.
Comstock raised $1,029,521 from April to June, the most in Virginia, according to VPAP, which tracks money in politics. And Wexton raised the second-most: $1,006,334.
Comstock also had the second-most money on hand in the state, at $1,717,094, while Wexton had $765,706.
Comstock campaign manager Susan Falconer said the candidate has a strong base of support throughout the congressional district.
“We have campaign offices open throughout the district, and Barbara and the campaign team and volunteers are out every day talking about Barbara’s strong record as the only candidate in the race who has authored and voted for tax cuts for our families and businesses, worked to rebuild our military and passed legislation to support our local police, firefighters and the Northern Virginia gang task force to keep our communities safe,” Falconer said in an email.
Wexton, however, said her fundraising was testament to the notion that voters want a change.
“The remarkable outpouring of financial support we received last quarter is further evidence that voters are sick and tired of Barbara Comstock hiding from her constituents and selling out Northern Virginia kids and families to push the gun lobby’s and President Trump’s agendas,” Wexton said in an email. “I’m proud of my record of service to the people of the 10th Congressional District, especially my work to expand Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians, and I look forward to fighting for all Virginians in Washington.”
The 10th district includes the City of Manassas, Manassas Park and part of Prince William, but most of the county lies in the 1st District, which stretches from Hampton Roads to Nokesville, or the 11th District, which includes Lake Ridge and other eastern parts of the county.
In the 1st District race, incumbent Rep. Rob Wittman, a Republican, was way ahead of Democratic challenger Vangie Williams in fundraising in the last quarter. Wittman raised $258,571 to Williams’ $49,118.
Wittman also had the third-most money on hand in Virginia House races with $1,077,963. Williams had $20,740.
Rep. Gerry Connolly, whose 11th District includes parts of Prince William and Fairfax, had the most money on hand at $3,203,173. The Democrat is being challenged by Republican Jeff Dove, who had $39,593 on hand.
Connolly also outraised Dove in the last quarter, bringing in $245,146 to Dove’s $161,598.
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