After three incumbents lost their seats and a fourth — Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) — narrowly escaped defeat in 2010, Virginia’s congressional incumbents are building solid financial firewalls ahead of next year’s elections, according to the latest Federal Election Commission filings.
The redistricting process has yet to be completed in Virginia, but the final map is likely to make most — if not all — of the state’s incumbent lawmakers safer. That includes the 11th district of Connolly, who reported raised $228,000 from July through September and had $607,000 in the bank as of Sept. 30.
Connolly’s likeliest opponent, retired Army Col. Chris Perkins (R), took in just $35,000 over the same period and had $84,000 on hand.
Next door in the 10th district, Rep. Frank Wolf (R) — who often maintains a slower fundraising pace in non-election years — raised $135,000 in the 3rd quarter and had $309,000 in the bank at the end of September. His Democratic challenger, retired Air Force Gen. John Douglass, took in $118,000 over the three-month period, with $68,000 left over.
Not surprisingly, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) proved to be the strongest congressional fundraiser in Virginia. Cantor raked in $708,000 for the quarter and reported $2.1 million in the bank. Lawyer E. Wayne Powell (D), who is running against Cantor, raised $20,000 in three months and had $19,000 left over.
The best performance by a challenger in the state came from Virginia Beach businessman Paul Hirschbiel (D), who is looking to unseat freshman Rep. Scott Rigell (R) in the Hampton Roads-based 2nd district. Hirschbiel raised $306,000 for the quarter and had $267,000 in the bank.
Rigell, the wealthy owner of multiple car dealerships, took in $313,000 for the quarter and had a $618,000 war chest as of Sept. 30.
The state’s other two freshman Republicans — Reps. Morgan Griffith and Robert Hurt — raised $63,000 and $133,000 respectively. Hurt had $413,000 in the bank while Griffith was sitting on $183,000.