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U.S. Democratic Party ramps up Virginia spending ahead of Nov. governor’s election By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO, Virginia’s gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe takes part in a Lubber Run Park campaign event in Arlington, Virginia. July 23, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

By Jason Lange

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The fundraising arm of the Democratic Party boosted cash transfers to its Virginia state affiliate in August as the party seeks to hold on to the state’s governorship in a closely fought Nov. 2 election.

According to a Monday campaign finance disclosure, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), gave $700,000.000 to the Democratic Party of Virginia last month. The amount that the DNC has transferred to Virginia’s state party over the past six months is roughly equivalent.

Glenn Youngkin, a Republican businessman, will be facing Terry McAuliffe (ex-Governor of Virginia), in the gubernatorial race. New Jersey residents will vote on Nov. 2 in a Governor’s Race. There is also a race for state legislature seats in both states.

These contests are a barometer of political power ahead of the November 2022 elections, when President Joe Biden’s Democrats defend razor thin majorities in both Congress and House of Representatives.

According to Real Clear Politics’ polling average, McAuliffe leads Youngkin by a small margin in opinion polls. The state bans consecutive term governors, so Ralph Northam, the current Virginia Governor, is unable to run for reelection.

Jack Ciattarelli is the Republican opponent in New Jersey Democratic Governor Phil Murphy’s race. Ciattarelli was a former state legislator.

Murphy leads in opinion polls. Campaign finance disclosures made Monday by both the DNC (Democratic National Committee) and the Republican National Committee, filed Monday showed that neither party has made substantial transfers to New Jersey state affiliated parties in August.

In August, the RNC made approximately $250,000 in transfers to Virginia’s state affiliate. The RNC also donated more than $1million to California’s party affiliate in August ahead of the failed Republican-led recall effort for Gavin Newsom, California’s Democratic governor.

Newsom prevailed easily in Tuesday’s recall elections. RNC spent the most money in August on California affiliate payments. The four U.S. House seat in California that Republicans won in 2020 from Democrats will be up for re-election next year.

In August disclosures filed with Federal Election Commission showed that RNC raised $12.2 Million, more than $9.9M for the DNC.

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