Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) outraised former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie in the last two months and enters the final weeks of the campaign with twice as much on hand, according to reports filed with the State Board of Elections on Friday.
Northam raised $7.2 million between July 1 and Aug. 31 and reported $5.6 million on hand.
Gillespie raised nearly $3.7 million in July and August and reported $2.6 million on hand. (Hotline reporting)
Northam’s Stronger Together PAC also raised just over $6,000 in the same time. (release)
“Northam also had almost triple the number of small donors: 5,900 donations under $100 to Gillespie’s 2,100.” (Washington Post)
“Unions, including the National Education Association and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, have shelled out money for Northam. … Prominent Republican donors Jay Faison, Stephen Wynn, Richard Uihlein, and Foster Friess forked over between $20,000 and $133,000 to Gillespie since July.”
“Seven national unions are also running ‘education and electoral programs’ through a joint PAC called For Our Future.”
Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) didn’t rule out running paid media through Let America Vote to promote Northam.
“A spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, which has vouched for Northam, said it is also “looking into some opportunities” to run advertisements in October.” (National Journal)
LITTLE WIGGLE ROOM. Northam nominally leads Gillespie 44-39%, according to a new University of Mary Washington poll (Sept. 5-12; 562 LVs; +/-5.2%) conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International.
The same poll showed voters think the nation is heading in the wrong direction 55-35%, and two-thirds said that the federal government makes the right decision only “some of the time.” But a plurality of 47% said President Trump was “not a factor” in their decision on the race. About a third said he was a “major factor,” and 18% said he was a “minor factor.”
Meanwhile voters aid state’s right/wrong direction is a more mixed at 44-45%. Half said they think about the race “quite a lot” while 43% said they give it “little” attention. Meanwhile a plurality, 66%, thinks state government makes the right decision “some of the time.” (release)
ECHO IN HERE. Gillespie began running a new TV ad over the weekend again hitting Northam for missing economic development meetings of an agency that “gave 1.4 million tax dollars to a bogus Chinese company.” It closes with Gillespie promising to “create good-paying jobs.” (Hotline reporting)
ENDORSEMENTS. 314 Action, “the nation’s largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office,” endorsed Northam on Monday. (release)
The Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance endorsed Northam on Friday. (release)
ON THE GROUND. “A year after Donald Trump rode massive rallies into the presidency, Virginia’s contest — the nation’s next big test of partisan politics — is being waged on a smaller scale. Northam and Gillespie overcame primary challengers who tried to capture the populist movement of the Trump era with rallies, town halls and online events. But the candidates who won the nominations haven’t followed suit. … Instead, Northam and Gillespie have so far held events that are some combination of small, friendly or stage-managed.” (Washington Post)