- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Democrat John Foust and Republican Barbara Comstock say they have each raked in more than $1 million in the last three months in their campaigns to claim the congressional seat long held by Republican Frank Wolf, living up to predictions that the battle would be one of the most expensive House races in the country.

Official tallies are due later this month in reports to the Federal Election Commission, but on Friday the Foust campaign issued a press release saying it broke the $1 million mark in fundraising for the July-September quarter. Foust’s campaign spokesman, Shaun Daniels, said Friday that he believes it’s the first time candidates have ever raised $1 million in a single three-month period in Virginia’s 10th congressional district.

The campaign said that more than 90 percent of its donations came from individuals who contributed $100 or less.

Comstock’s campaign manager, Susan Falconer, responded that the Republican’s campaign also expects “to file well over a million dollars for the quarter” in its upcoming report.

The Foust-Comstock race has been one of the most closely watched in the country, featuring an open seat in a swing district that sits in the Washington, D.C., media market. The 10th District stretches from McLean neighborhoods inside the Capital Beltway, west through Great Falls and Loudoun County to the Shenandoah Valley, and encompasses some of the wealthiest ZIP codes in the country.

The campaign reports filed in July, for the previous quarter, had shown Foust with a slight edge in fundraising and a larger advantage in cash on hand.

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