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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 08/26/2011

Warner helps raise money for Democratic legislative candidates

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is helping Democratic candidates for the General Assembly raise some much-needed cash in their battle to keep
control of the state Senate.

The popular former governor, who is finishing a whirlwind tour of the state during Congress’s August recess, has managed to add a number of fundraising events to his eight-day, 39-event schedule.

On Friday, he will headline a lunchtime fundraiser for Sen. John Edwards (Roanoke). On Saturday, he will attend both a meet-and-greet for Sen. Phil Puckett and Vern Presley, who is running against Del. Will Morefield (R), in Tazewell, and a fundraiser for John Lamie, vying to replace Sen. William Wampler (Bistol) in Abingdon.

Next week, he will hold fundraisers for Dels. Mark Keam, Ken Plum, David Bulova, all of Fairfax, and Pam Danner, who is running against Del. Barbara Comstock (R-McLean).

Democrats are trying to hold onto the party’s fragile 22 to 18 majority in the state Senate, but Republicans enjoy nearly a two-to-one advantage in cash on hand.

Warner has already done events for Sens. Toddy Puller (Fairfax), John Miller (Newport News), Ed Houck (Spotsylvania), Ralph Northam (Norfolk) and Roscoe Reynolds (Franklin), and for Bert Dodson, who is running in a newly created district west of Richmond, and the Senate Democratic caucus.

He also headlined fundraisers for House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, who is in a tough reelection fight after the GOP-led House eliminated his district during redistricting, and Del. Bill Barlow (Smithfield).

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D), who just returned from Asia, plans to attend events for some candidates this fall, an aide said. Already scheduled is one for Danner.

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