- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 25, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s political fundraising has outpaced his two immediate predecessors.

An analysis by the Virginia Public Access Project shows that Northam raised $4.5 million between December 2017 and June of this year through various committees.

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe raised $4.2 million and Gov. Bob McDonnell raised $3.7 million in their early tenures.

Some of Northam’s biggest most recent donors include the pharmaceutical drug lobby, Walmart and real estate developers.

The Democratic governor’s fundraising will be a key source of cash for his party as it tries to flip control of the General Assembly in 2019.

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