Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) raised almost $19,000 more than Republican challenger Patrick Murray during the third quarter of the campaign year, according to the Federal Election Commission and Morans staff.
Murray raised $173,164 between July 1 and September 30, according to filed reports. Moran raised $191,800 during the same period, spokesman Austin Durrer said.
The difference in fundraising is scant when compared to each candidates dispensable cash: Murray had about $107,000 to spend on September 30, while 10-term incumbent Moran had $577,000 in campaign funds.
Murray has enjoyed backing from big-name Republican politicos at his fundraisers, especially in the last quarter: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Gov. Bob McDonnell, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and former Virginia governor and senator George Allen have all keynoted Murrays campaign drives.