McAuliffe maintains fundraising edge in Virginia governor’s race

Democrat Terry McAuliffe raised more than $6 million in September compared to $3.4 million for Republican Kenneth T. Cucinelli II and enjoys a nearly 2-to-1 cash-on-hand advantage heading into the final weeks of the Virginia governor’s race.

Mr. McAuliffe raised $6.2 million from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30 and spent $9.4 million, blanketing the airwaves with television and radio advertisements. The businessman and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee has spent more than $8.6 million on television ads during the 2013 campaign, according to the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project. He had $1.9 million on hand at the end of the reporting period.

Mr. Cuccinelli, the state’s attorney general, raised about $3.4 million and spent $4.6 million, leaving him with $1 million on hand for the closing weeks of the race. He has spent $4.8 million on TV ads, according to VPAP.

Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis raised $27,234 in September and spent $21,966, finishing with a balance of $21,997.

Mr. McAuliffe leads Mr. Cuccinelli by 7.2 percentage points in the latest RealClearPolitics average of recent polls, 47 percent to 39.8 percent. Mr. Sarvis has polled at around 10 percent.

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