Snyder raises $450,000 for lieutenant governor bid

Pete Snyder, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, announced Tuesday that he had raised $452,739 in the first five weeks of his campaign.

Snyder, a former technology entrepreneur and Fox news commentator, trumpeted his fund-raising results ahead of Tuesday’s 5 p.m. campaign finance reporting deadline.

A good deal of Snyder’s support — $235,000 of it — came from Ending Spending, a national group that campaigns against wasteful government spending.

“I’m grateful for the support of so many fellow conservatives who have embraced our campaign about Big Ideas and made an investment in our grassroots efforts,” Snyder said in a written statement. “The energy we’re seeing from our fellow Virginians is truly remarkable. We’re out recruiting new delegates all over Virginia each and every day, and I’m excited to continue bringing our common-sense conservative message to folks throughout the Commonwealth.”

Snyder is one of seven Republicans seeking to succeed Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who is not seeking reelection. Bolling is mulling an independent bid for governor against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe (D).

The other Republicans running for lieutenant governor are: former delegate Jeannemarie Devolites Davis; Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter (Pr. William); state Sen. Stephen H. Martin (Chesterfield); Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors; Susan Stimpson, chairwoman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors; and E.W. Jackson, a Chesapeake minister who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination in this year’s U.S. Senate race.

Two Democrats are also seeking the office: Aneesh Chopra, the nation’s first chief technology officer; and state Sen. Ralph S. Northam (Norfolk), a pediatric neurologist.

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.

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