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Incumbent lawmakers maintain big fundraising edge

Northern Virginia’s incumbent members of Congress continue to enjoy massive cash advantages over their challengers, new fundraising reports show, making it increasingly unlikely that the region will host any genuinely competitive races in November.

The state’s new congressional district map was drawn to protect sitting lawmakers in both parties and those incumbents are now making themselves even safer by raking in campaign checks.

Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) had a $1.2 million war chest as of June 30, while his Republican challenger, retired Army Col. Chris Perkins, had just $44,000 in the bank. From May 24 through June 30 — since the last official reporting period — Connolly outraised Perkins, $172,000 to $41,000.

In the district next door, Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D) raised $92,000 in the same period and had $308,000 in the bank at the end of June, while retired Army. Col. Patrick Murray (R) took in $27,000 and had $55,000 left on hand. To the north, Rep. Frank Wolf (R) raised $73,000 and had a war chest of $456,000, while attorney Kristin Cabral (D) raised $41,000 and had $55,000 in the bank. (Cabral also loaned her campaign $97,000 from her own pocket.)

Across the state, the sole contest that looks likely to be competitive is in the Virginia Beach-based 2nd district, where Rep. Scott Rigell (R) faces financier Paul Hirschbiel (D). Rigell had $1.1 million on hand June 30, after raising $233,000, while Hirschbiel had $797,000 left over after taking in $228,000. Both men are wealthy and capable of contributing significant amounts to their campaigns,

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