Rep. Gerald Connolly is unlikely to have nearly as tight a race this year as he did in 2010, but he keeps socking money away just in case.
According to his campaign, the Northern Virginia Democrat will report to the Federal Election Commission that he raised more than $400,000 in the first three months of 2012, with over $1 million in the bank as of March 31. That’s significantly more than at least one of Connolly’s potential Republican opponents.
Retired Army Col. Chris Perkins (R) took in $71,000 in the first quarter of the year, and his cash on hand number was not yet available as of this posting. Perkins’s foe in the June 12 GOP primary, traffic engineer Ken Vaughn, raised roughly $17,000 for the quarter and had roughly $35,000 in the bank.
Neither Vaughn nor Perkins has shown the ability to compete financially with Connolly, who faces no opposition for the Democratic nomination. Connolly is also helped by the fact that his Fairfax-based 11th district was redrawn to be much safer territory, after Connolly edged out businessman Keith Fimian (R) by fewer than 1,000 votes in 2010.