The Washington Times - September 16, 2013, 06:43PM

Democrat Terry McAuliffe raised approximately $7.4 million in July and August compared to $5.7 million for Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II and holds a better than 2-to-1 advantage in cash on hand for the stretch run of the Virginia governor’s race.

Mr. McAuliffe, a businessman and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, had slightly more than $5 million on hand at the end of August, according to information compiled Monday by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project, compared to $2.2 million for Mr. Cuccinelli, the state’s attorney general.


Both candidates spent more than they took in over the two-month period: Mr. McAuliffe reported $8.4 million in expenses, and Mr. Cuccinelli reported $6.1 million.

A main benefactor for Mr. Cuccinelli was the Republican Governors Association, which contributed more than $3.7 million in in-kind donations; the RGA has stepped up with several ads for the Republican in the last few months.

Mr. McAuliffe, meanwhile, received $2.7 million from DGA Action, a super PAC affiliated with the Democratic Governors Association.

Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis took in $27,324 and spent $10,218 during the two-month period, finishing with $19,109.