- The Washington Times - Friday, October 16, 2009

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Robert F. McDonnell outraised his Democratic opponent R. Creigh Deeds during September, according to campaign finance reports released Thursday.

The reports also show Mr. McDonnell had 62 percent more money available to him as of Sept. 30 — barely more than a month before Election Day.

The Republican raised $3.8 million and ended the month with $4.5 million in cash on hand. Mr. Deeds raised $3.5 million and ended the month with $2.8 million on hand, according to information posted online by the Virginia Public Access Project.

The national parties have been big contributors to the gubernatorial candidates. The Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Governors Association each gave Mr. Deeds $500,000 and Mr. McDonnell received $500,000 from the Republican National Committee in September.

In the attorney general’s race, state Sen. Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II outraised his Democratic opponent, Del. Stephen C. Shannon, though in that race Mr. Shannon has the advantage in available cash entering the race’s final weeks.

Mr. Cuccinelli brought in $672,814 to Mr. Shannon’s $532,575 in September, though the Republican ended the month with $935,241 on hand, compared with Mr. Shannon’s $1.42 million.

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