- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam’s still-young gubernatorial campaign is getting a noticeable amount of its fundraising from donors giving less than $100.

Northam, a Democrat, has received nearly 11 percent of the $1.6 million he’s raised for his 2017 bid so far from small donations, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

That’s higher a higher percentage than past major party gubernatorial candidates.

Northam’s potential challenger, Republican Ed Gillespie, has focused his early fundraising efforts on big donors. That includes raising more than $400,000 so far from GOP donors who did not support Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s unsuccessful candidacy in 2013. Cuccinelli, a social conservative and tea party favorite, often clashed with the Republican’s establishment wing.

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