Democrats and Republicans share the lead in recent fundraising totals in the region’s two congressional districts, but Democratic incumbents have significantly more cash to spend ahead of the fall midterm elections.
Democratic US Rep. Abigail Spanberger outpaced her challenger in the 7th District, while Republican Hung Cao overtook incumbent Rep. Jennifer Wexton in the 10th District.
The latest campaign financial report covers donations from June 2nd to June 30th.
The 10th District includes Loudoun, Fauquier, and Rappahannock counties, western Prince William County, the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, and a small portion of Fairfax County.
Wexton, a Democrat, was first elected to the seat in 2018 and is seeking her third term.
The redistribution moved the 7th Circuit from a portion of central Virginia west of Richmond to northern Virginia. It now includes east Prince William, the city of Fredericksburg, and all of King George, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, Culpeper, Orange, Greene, and Madison counties, as well as about 35 electors in Albemarle County.
Spanberger, who lives in Henrico County outside of Richmond, is seeking her third term, which is her 7th. The redistribution brought their home to the 1st Circuit, represented by Republican Rob Wittman. However, congressmen do not have to reside in their district.
Spanberger is being challenged by Prince William County Supervisor Yesli Vega, who won the GOP primary in June.
Cao led the June 10th Ward fundraiser with $525,480. He also received the most small-dollar contributions of the four candidates, totaling $183,741.
Nevertheless, Politico classifies the 10th district as “probably democratic”.
Of his grand total, Cao received $252,000 from PACs.
Raptor PAC, affiliated with US Representative August Pfluger, R-Texas, provided $1,000. Cao also got $2,000 from house majority whip Steve Scalise.
Cao reported $294,299 from WinRed.
“These results are strong evidence that Cao’s message of unity resonates with Virginians,” Cao’s campaign posted on Twitter. “[The district] doesn’t want the stamp candidate for Joe Biden’s failed policy.”
The GOP contestant spent $392,356 in June and had $354,182 left.
Although Wexton didn’t raise as much money as Cao in June, she has significantly more money left over.
Wexton reported donations of $379,703, of which $146,175 came from PACs.
Her largest contribution was $37,000 from the Virginia House Victory PAC joint fundraiser. She also received $30,920 from Forward Virginia.
Wexton had several donations from large corporations.
She received $5,000 each from The Home Depot, United Airlines, and Bechtel Group, a construction company. Wexton reported $3,000 each from Amazon Inc. and Planned Parenthood. She received $2,500 from Comcast, $2,000 each from Wells Fargo and AFLAC, and $1,000 from Walmart.
Wexton’s colleagues also joined her campaign, with $2,000 from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, $1,000 from Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and $500 from Rep. Ami Bera, D-Ill. Calif.
Big Democratic donor Sonjia Smith of the Charlottesville area contributed $5,800 in June.
Prince William County Board Chair Ann Wheeler donated $500 and Neabsco Supervisor Victor Angry donated $250.
Wexton spent $108,622 in June and had about $3.6 million left in her campaign coffers.
“I’m grateful for the strong support from so many Virginians this quarter, which underscores how excited people are to defend this seat and continue the historic advances we’ve made in Congress,” Wexton said in a press release. “Virginia 10 voters know they can count on me to fight to improve the lives of families in every community. I look forward to continuing our campaign in full force and speaking to each voter about what is at stake in this election.”
In June, Spanberger passed Vega, who was competing in a six-way primary.
The race could potentially decide control of the House of Representatives in what is expected to be a close midterm election this fall.
Spanberger won her two terms in the 7th district by less than 2 percentage points, but the University of Virginia Center on Politics rated the 7th district race as biased Democratic.
However, the Cook Political Report rated the race a toss-up.
Spanberger reported that $654,766 was raised in June. Of her donation totals, her small donations of less than $200 totaled $112,910.
Among the local donors, Supervisor Margaret Franklin, D-Woodbridge, gave her $1,000.
Spanberger received $105,310 from political action committees in June. Her largest contribution was $49,810 from Elect Democratic Women 2022.
Spanberger also received $37,000 from the Virginia House Victory PAC, a joint fundraiser by Spanberger, Wexton and Rep. Elaine Luria, D-2nd.
She received $34,456 from Forward Virginia.
“I’m in these 11 places, just like I was in my current 10 districts,” said Spanberger recently at an election campaign event. “And it’s really about understanding what matters on the ground.”
Spanberger spent $172,543 and reported about $4.9 million remaining in her campaign coffers at the end of June.
Vega reported raising $233,618 in June. Their small donations totaled $51,004.
A significant sum of their contributions, $91,874, came from WinRed, a Republican fundraising platform. It is the GOP’s antagonist to the Democrats’ ActBlue.
Vega’s second-largest contribution came from the House Freedom Fund, the fundraising arm of the conservative Freedom Caucus, which donated $15,776.
Vega received $2,000 each from Acting US Representatives Bob Good, R-5th District (Va.); Barry Moore, R-Ala.; Andrew Clyde, R-Ga.; and Andy Harris, R-Md. She also reported $1,000 from We The People Leadership PAC, which is affiliated with Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo.
Vegas Republican colleagues on the Board of Supervisors also contributed, with Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland contributing $3,000 and Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson contributing $2,900.
In total, Vega reported $48,000 from PACs.
She spent $107,548 in June and had $246,070 left at the end of the month.
In a fundraising email, the Vega campaign noted that Spanberger outscored the Republican, saying, “Now is the time to work overtime and help Yesli crush her radical opponent.”