Romney, Kaine Leading in Virginia Campaign Donations
The money race for president and the U.S. Senate in Virginia.
Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, continues to lead President Barack Obama in Virginia campaign donations, according to the most recent reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign spending, Romney has raised $4.5 million in Virginia, compared to Obama's $4.2 million.
In the Virginia U.S. Senate race, Democrat Tim Kaine continue to lead Republican George Allen in campaign donations.
Kaine raised $10,390,929, while Allen has raised $8,169,391, for the reporting period ending June 30, according to the Center for Responsive Poliltics.
The Senate race between these two former Virginia governors has become one of the most-watched Senate races of the 2012 election year.
"The fundraising numbers showcase that both of these campaigns are ultra-competitive with no distinct advantage for anyone at this point," said Mark Rozell, Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, who studies Virginia politics.
"In the Senate and the presidential, each major party nominee will raise and spend more than enough money to be competitive throughout the march to November. As the campaigns heat up further, look for these numbers to grow dramatically, along with unprecedented amounts of outside money pouring into the state," he said.