With the governor’s race coming to a close in the next few weeks, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe has raised more money than any candidate to ever run for governor in the state of Virginia.
In just September alone, McAuliffe raised $6.2 million, which is the highest he and his campaign have ever raised in one month. Because of all the money he has raised, he’s been able to jump ahead of his opponent, Ken Cuccinelli (R), with television advertisements by $1 million, according to data from the ad-tracking firm Kantar Media.
In an article published by The Washington Post, McAuliffe spokesman, Josh Schwerin, said, “Heading into the final days of the election Virginians continue to provide Terry McAuliffe’s campaign with overwhelming support, helping him to communicate his message of mainstream solutions to grow and diversify the economy.”
In September, Ken Cuccinelli was recorded as raising $3.4 million and his reps are happy with this because support is growing. His spokeswoman, Anna Nix, stated, “Today’s finance report shows that we have the resources necessary to defeat an opponent who is famous for one thing: raising money.”
How much money both candidates will spend will be very influential in the last weeks of the election. Currently, McAuliffe is beating Cuccinelli in sheer dollars raised, but elections aren’t won on money alone: candidates must also spend in the best ways possible. It will be interesting to see the final pushes from each candidate as we move closer to Election Day.