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Gade campaign announces big money haul in 3rd quarter, but still far behind Warner

"It's almost a David and Goliath race."
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Posted at 6:04 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 13:36:14-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Taking on a two-term Senate incumbent can be a challenge, particularly, when it comes to raising money.

That's certainly the case in Virginia's Senate race this year, where Republican Daniel Gade is challenging Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat.

"It's almost a David and Goliath race," CBS 6 political analyst Dr. Bob Holsworth said.

"Mark Warner has been Governor of Virginia, has been Senator for a number of years, has been one of the most popular figures in Virginia politics for decades now."

Melissa Hipolit will have a full report on CBS 6 News at 11 p.m.

According to Federal Election Commission filings, Warner raised about $9.8 million dollars between January 1, 2019, and the end of this June.

His campaign declined to say Tuesday how much he raised between July and September, and those numbers will be released on Thursday.

Gade, on the other hand, raised one-tenth of that between July 1, 2019 and the end of June: about $980,000.

However, Gade's campaign said Tuesday he raised about $2.5 million between July and September.

"He certainly should be credited with running an energetic campaign, doing the things he needs to do to raise money, but he's up against a very formidable figure in Mark Warner," Holsworth said.

Nearly all of the Political Action Committee (PAC) money in this race goes to Warner, which is something Holsworth said makes sense.

"They fund people who are in office right now," Holsworth said.

Also of note in this race, the limited amount of "dark money" coming from groups that do not have to disclose their donors. Holsworth said that money typically goes to the most competitive races in the country.

"The Warner race and the Gade race is not on the chart as a battleground race or a competitive race for the Senate. The Republicans are trying to hold on to the Senate and there are probably 8 or 10 competitive races in which you're seeing a lot of ads," Holsworth said.

Warner's campaign did confirm he has about $6.4 million left to spend before Election Day, whereas Gade's campaign said he has about $450 thousand left.

When asked about the fundraising gap, Gade sent the following statement:

“Mark has spent his entire political career protecting and voting how his DC lobbyists demand. We have closed the polls from a 22 point lead to a 7 point lead, despite being outspent 5 to 1. Virginians desperately want new perspectives and new leadership in Virginia. We are confident our movement will prevail in November.”