5th District Fundraising

July 23, 2012

Newly released campaigning fundraising numbers show Congressman Robert Hurt is winning when it comes to campaign dollars.

According to the latest numbers, Hurt raised roughly $450,000 from April 1 through June 30 while John Douglass raised around $168,000.

"Incumbents raise more than challengers. There is always exception to the rule but for the most part, incumbents are in a better position to take advantage of various fundraising things like Pacs," said Geoffrey Skelley.

Hurt and Douglass are battling for the Republican-leaning 5th District which stretches through the middle of the state from South side Virginia to the outer DC suburbs and political analysts say Hurt has the advantage.

"There are a number of reasons why Hurt is well positioned to get reelected. He has institutional advantages as an incumbent. In redistricting, the district got slightly more Republican," said Geoffrey Skelley, UVa Center for Politics.

In all, Hurt has raised about $1.5 million while Douglass has raised a little more than $660,000.

The fundraising season isn't in full swing just yet. Political analysts say between now and September is when the majority of campaign donations are made. Voters head to the polls November 6.

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