Kaine out-raises Allen in Virginia

Posted at 1:16 PM, Jul 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-11 13:16:09-04

By Ashley Killough

(CNN) — In the Virginia Senate race between two former governors, Democratic candidate Tim Kaine out-raised his Republican opponent George Allen in the second quarter.

Kaine’s campaign announced Wednesday it brought in approximately $3 million in the last three months, while Allen’s team said it took in more than $2 million during the same time period.

Allen’s campaign, however, announced it had more cash on hand than Kaine, $3.34 million to Kaine’s $2.7 million, though the latter figure does not include an additional $3.5 million the Democrat has already spent on fall advertising.

The two are competing in a tight Senate race, largely expected to be one of the most expensive Congressional contests this November.

Kaine and Allen have strong connections to political heavyweights in their parties, as Kaine formerly headed the Democratic National Committee and Allen served as a U.S. senator prior to losing re-election in 2006.

Both candidates raised more this quarter than they did in the first three months of the year. Last quarter, Kaine pulled in $2.2. million, with Allen again behind at $1.4 million.

They’re competing to fill the seat soon to be vacated by retiring Sen. Jim Webb, a Democrat.

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