In the final days of the 2017 election cycle, money is pouring into the Prince William-area House of Delegates races — for the first time this year, both the Democrats and Republicans running for the six contested seats combined to raise more than $1 million in a single month.
But it was the county’s six Democrats who managed to out-raise their Republican opponents once again, combining for more than $1.64 million in the month of October alone. The GOP group, which includes five incumbents, managed a total of just over $1.02 million.
Some managed more than others, but each Democratic candidate in the county’s contested races — in Districts 2, 13, 31, 40, 50 and 51 — also outraised their Republican opponents in each individual race.
The GOP still has a collective advantage in cash on hand — Republicans have a collective $644,000 in the bank, compared to Democrats’ $328,000 — but with just a week left until election day, candidates on both sides are starting to clear out their campaign accounts (particularly when it comes time to pay for TV advertising).
Elizabeth Guzman, the Democratic nominee in the 31st District, led the way among all candidates by pulling in more than $478,000 for the month of October. She did similarly well in the month of September, and her haul places her at the third highest total in the entire state — only the two candidates vying for the 12th District seat in Southwestern Virginia, Republican Del. Joseph Yost and Democrat Chris Hurst, finished above Guzman this month.
Guzman’s opponent, Republican Del. Scott Lingamfelter, pulled in plenty of cash on his own, with just over $320,000 for the month. He also benefitted handsomely from the largesse of Republican leaders in the General Assembly — Del. Kirk Cox, who’s set to become speaker of the House if the GOP maintains its majority in the chamber, chipped in $109,000 from his political action committee, while Del. Chris Jones, R-76th District, and Del. Rob Bell, R-58th District, added $60,000 and $25,000, respectively.
Guzman still has about $88,800 in the bank, while Lingamfelter has nearly $71,000 on hand.
Danica Roem, the Democratic nominee in the 13th District, finished second in the county with a haul of just over $308,000. As the first transgender woman to ever qualify for a Virginia ballot, she’s consistently pulled in hefty fundraising totals, and she’s now topped just over $806,000 for the whole campaign.
Chris Abele, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin county executive and chair of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, has helped Roem balloon that total — with another $50,000 contribution in October, he’s given a total of $165,000 to Roem’s campaign.
Roem’s opponent, longtime GOP Del. Bob Marshall, also managed his biggest fundraising haul of the campaign cycle by totaling just over $163,700 for the month. Cox also gave $50,000 to Marshall’s campaign, while outgoing House Speaker Bill Howell added $25,000.
Marshall still has about $99,700 left in cash on hand, while Roem has just over $29,900.
Democrat Donte Tanner managed his best fundraising report of his campaign in the 40th District, finishing with just over $301,000 for October. His opponent, Republican Del. Tim Hugo, raised about $184,700 over the same period.
However, Hugo — who also serves as House majority caucus chairman — still has a hefty cash on hand advantage. He has more than $105,300 left in the bank to Tanner’s $46,400.
Hala Ayala, the Democrat in the 51st District, continues to out-raise Republican Del. Rich Anderson. She totaled about $260,600 for the month to Anderson’s $163,300. But Anderson still has about $100,300 on hand, compared to Ayala’s $44,600.
In the race for the open 2nd District seat, Jennifer Carroll Foy has maintained her fundraising dominance over Republican Mike Makee. Foy pulled in more than $209,200 for October, compared to Makee’s $107,600.
Makee, who entered the race late after Laquon Austion bowed out amidst scandal, has largely been propped up financially by the outgoing Howell — he gave Makee another $50,000 through his PAC this month. Makee still has about $56,500 in the bank, compared to Foy’s $94,600.
Finally, in the 50th District, Republican Del. Jackson Miller cooled off from last month’s torrid fundraising pace, pulling in about $83,000. Democrat Lee Carter narrowly outraised him, with about $85,589, though the House majority whip still maintains a massive cash advantage — Miller has $211,600 in the bank to Carter’s $24,239.
With Nov. 7 drawing near, House candidates will now have to individually report any donation over $1,000 they receive between Oct. 27 and election day. They’ll submit final reports on Dec. 7.