Follow the money

The Virginia Public Access Project has the breakdown of mid-year campaign finance reports that were due in by midnight Monday.

With a whole year to go before the 2019 state Senate and House elections, Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, a Republican from James City County, who has been in the Senate since 1992, had $843,596 on hand as of June 30, the most of any Senate candidate.

An even older-timer is No. 2. Sen. Dick Saslaw, a Fairfax Democrat and the minority leader, who has been a senator as long as I have been alive (38 years!) has $647,621, with about $271,000 of that raised since Jan. 1.

In the House, Dels. Chris Jones of Suffolk and Barry Knight of Virginia, both Republicans, have the most cash on hand. Jones had $274,225. Knight had $234,370. Republicans Tim Hugo, of Fairfax, Kirk Cox, the House speaker from Colonial Heights, raised the most since Jan. 1, with Hugo hauling in $212,792 and Cox collecting $200,941.

Cox‘s other committees, though, Friends of Kirk Cox, the Colonial Leadership Trust PAC, and the House Republican Campaign Committee, ended the first six months of the year with over $915,000 cash on hand, his office said in a news release.

You can take a gander at which money goes with which candidates here. A visualization of the money in the U.S. House races, in which vulnerable Republicans have raised lots of cash to fend off Democrats, who are gaining steam, is here.

This post has been updated to correct a link to VPAP’s mid-year campaign finance reports.

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Robert Zullo
Robert has been winning and losing awards as a reporter and editor for 13 years at weekly and daily newspapers, beginning at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union, N.J., where he was a staff writer and managing editor. He spent five years in south Louisiana covering hurricanes, oil spills and Good Friday crawfish boils as a reporter and city editor for the The Courier and the Daily Comet newspapers in Houma and Thibodaux. He covered Richmond city hall for the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 2012 to 2013 and worked as a general assignment and city hall reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 2013 to 2016. He returned to Richmond in 2016 to cover energy, environment and transportation for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He grew up in Miami, Fla., and central New Jersey. A former waiter, armored car guard and appliance deliveryman, he is a graduate of the College of William and Mary.