Donors Pouring Money into Va. Campaigns

By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer Email
By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer Email

October 19, 2010

Donors piled money into contested Virginia congressional campaigns through September, but no candidate took in more than one with little to fear on election day.

Rep. Eric Cantor would become the powerful House Majority Leader should the Republicans wrest control of the House from the Democrats. He took in nearly $5.4 million from July through September 30 in his race against two little-known newcomers.

In the Washington, D.C. suburbs, freshman Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly and Republican challenger Keith Fimian each raised about $2.2 million.

In the 5th District, freshman Democrat Rep. Tom Perriello raised about $3.2 million to $1.7 million for GOP challenger Robert Hurt. Hurt had a big edge in spending in his favor by independent groups friendly to but unconnected to his campaign.

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