- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - New campaign-finance reports show Republican Barbara Comstock has gained a significant fundraising edge over Democrat John Foust in their closely watched race to succeed Frank Wolf in Congress.

The reports filed late Wednesday show Comstock pulled in $1.3 million in the three-month period ending Sept. 30. Foust just crossed the $1 million threshold, and did so only by personally lending his campaign $150,000.

Comstock also has an edge in cash on hand for the campaign’s final weeks. The reports show Comstock with $800,000 on hand, compared to almost $642,000 for Foust.

Previous campaign-finance reports had shown Foust with a slight fundraising lead. Earlier this month, Foust’s campaign trumpeted the fact that it had crossed the $1 million threshold, but failed to mention that it relied on a loan from the candidate to do so.

The reports follow a decision by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to pull $2.8 million from the Foust race and reallocate the money to a race in California. National Republicans followed suit and also pulled money out of the race.

Comstock’s campaign manager, Susan Falconer, said Thursday in a press statement, “Apparently, it is not just the DCCC that has bailed out of Foust’s negative and sputtering campaign, the donors have too.”

At a press conference Thursday touting his credentials on women’s issues, Foust said he was unconcerned about losing the fundraising lead.

“We’re now talking about the margins,” he said. “We’ve both raised a lot of money. We have adequate resources to get the message out.”

The Foust-Comstock race is expected to be the tightest congressional race in Virginia.

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