According to fundraising reports released Friday, Virginia's three freshmen Congressional Democrats - Representatives Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), Abigail Spanberger (VA-7), and Elaine Luria (VA-2) - each filed impressive fundraising totals while their Republican challengers severely lagged behind. As the 2020 election cycle gets underway, Virginia Democrats have a sizeable advantage while Republicans are scrambling to keep up.
Democrat Jennifer Wexton raised $504,407 in the last quarter of 2019 and has over $1.48 million on hand to start the year off. This is more than ten times the cash on hand that all her Republican challengers have combined. None of her Republican opponents began the year with more than $100,000 on hand.
Democrat Abigail Spanberger raised $913,487 and has over $2.1 million on hand. This is more than 11 times what her top challenger, Delegate Nick Freitas, had on hand. Freitas reported $195,246 on hand and raised less than a quarter of what Spanberger raised. Spanberger starts off the 2020 cycle with almost four times as much cash on hand as the entire field of Republicans challenging her has combined.
Democrat Elaine Luria raised $624,417 and started 2020 with over $1.56 million on hand. Her top challenger, Scott Taylor, began the year with an embarrassing $826 on hand in his Congressional account. His Senate account wasn't much better. Taylor spent more than he raised and ended the year with just $163,000 on hand - just over a tenth of what Luria has. Luria's other challengers, Ben Loyola and Andy Baan, each reported less than $100,000 on hand.