Terry McAuliffe (D) and Ken Cuccinelli (R) talk prior to a debate hosted by NBC4 in McLean, Va. on Sept. 25. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)
As the race for Virginia governor draws close to Election Day, Democrat Terry McAuliffe is out-fundraising his opponent, Republican Ken Cuccinelli, new campaign finance reports show.
From October 1 through 23, McAuliffe raised $8.1 million, and Cuccinelli raised $2.9 million, according to figures from the Virginia Public Access Project.
To date, McAuliffe has raised about $10 million more than Cuccinelli, raising $26.3 million to Cuccinelli's $16.8 million. Libertarian Robert Sarvis has raised $83,920.
Inside the Beltway, the gap was pronounced: McAuliffe raised $847,927 and Cuccinelli raised $634,039.
But Cuccinelli raised more money than McAuliffe in parts of Virginia, notably the Roanoke Valley, the I-95 corridor north of Richmond, the coalfieds region near the West Virginia border and Southside Virginia, near the North Carolina border -- though the total amounts raised in those regions were smaller.
One of McAuliffe's biggest donors during this cycle was Napster co-founder and former Facebook President Sean Parker. He contributed $500,000.
Elsewhere on the ticket, state Sen. Mark Obenshain, the GOP candidate for Attorney General, has raised nearly as much as Cuccinelli during the October time period.
Polls show Obenshain has the best chance to win of the three Republican candidates. And he pulled in $2.5 million, compared to $664,242 for his opponent, state Sen. Mark Herring.
In the race for Lieutenant Governor Democrat Ralph Northam raised $612,244 and has nearly a million dollars still on hand, while GOP opponent E.W. Jackson raised $233,248.