Terry McAuliffe raised nearly $2 million in June, nearly double that of opponent Ken Cuccinelli II, in the race to become Virginia’s next governor. McAuliffe now has more than twice as much to spend with less than four months to go until the November contest.
McAuliffe’s campaign said he raised $1.9 million for the month and $5.6 million in the second quarter of the year (an earlier report covered April and May). The businessman and Democratic nominee had $6 million in the bank as of June 30.
McAuliffe’s main foe, Attorney General Cuccinelli (R), reported raising $1.1 million in June and $3.3 million for the quarter, with $2.7 million in cash on hand.
Reports for political action committees and candidates in all Virginia races were due to the State Board of Elections by 5 p.m. Monday. Campaign totals were made available by the Virginia Public Access Project.
McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman with close ties to Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, has consistently outraised Cuccinelli since he entered the race and has touted his ability to attract some donors who have backed Republicans — including Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) — in the past.
“It’s clear that Virginians want a governor like Terry McAuliffe who will focus on mainstream ideas to strengthen and diversify the economy, and not someone who puts his own extreme social agenda first even if it’s not in the best interest of Virginia,” McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin said in a news release accompanying the fundraising numbers.
The release also noted that 78 percent of McAuliffe’s June contributors hailed from Virginia, and 88 percent gave $100 or less.
Cuccinelli’s camp has conceded that McAuliffe would likely be the superior fundraiser, given his background, but contends that the Republican will have more than enough cash to run a competitive contest. Cuccinelli has been outraised in his past races for the General Assembly and attorney general and always prevailed at the ballot box.
“The great support we had this month proves Ken Cuccinelli’s positive message of growing the economy, creating jobs and easing the regulatory burdens on middle-class families is resonating in Virginia,” campaign manager Dave Rexrode said in a statement.
The two parties split fundraising victories in the down-ballot statewide contests.
Democratic state Sen. Ralph Northam of Norfolk continues to lead the fundraising contest in the lieutenant governor’s race, reporting raising $226,000 in June, with more than $106,000 in cash on hand.
Though he was outraised, E.W. Jackson appeared to build on his momentum after emerging victorious at the GOP nominating convention in May. The Chesapeake minister and Republican nominee for lieutenant governor reported raising $118,000 in June, with $90,000 in cash on hand.
Republican attorney general candidate Mark Obenshain reported raising nearly $480,000 in June, beating the record previously set by Cuccinelli in 2009 of nearly $292,000, and far outraising his competitor. The Harrisonburg state senator reported having $487,044 in cash on hand.
Democrat Mark Herring, a state senator from Loudoun, reported raising $206,000, with $127,000 in cash on hand.
Republicans have dominated the contest for attorney general — seen as a stepping stone to higher office — for a generation, but Democrats are hoping to reverse the trend this year.