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Democratic LG race update: Rasoul raised more than $650K in 2020

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Roanoke Democratic Del. Sam Rasoul announced Friday that his campaign for lieutenant governor had raised $655,851 in the fundraising period that ended on Dec. 31.

Rasoul’s fundraising total is at the top of the crowded field of candidates for the Democratic Party nomination – there are eight in all, at the moment.

Woodbridge Democratic Del. Hala Ayala reported Friday that her campaign had raised $431,395 to date.

Norfolk City Council member Andria McClellan said late Friday that her campaign had raised more than $231,472 since officially launching in December.

Sean Perryman, the president emeritus of the Fairfax County NAACP, raised $206,233 in 2020.

Alexandria Democratic Del. Mark Levine had raised $200,859.

Woodbridge Democratic Del. Elizabeth Guzman reported $156,408 in campaign contributions in the calendar year.

Xavier Warren, an NFL player agent and lobbyist, reported $56,295 in fundraising in 2020.

Former Democratic Party of Virginia chair Paul Goldman reported $2,458 in total receipts in 2020.

A look back

For context, we looked up the fundraising totals for the past two Democratic Party lieutenant governor primaries.

Justin Fairfax, who went on to become the Democratic nominee in 2017, raised $1.34 million for his nomination campaign that year.

Fairfax won a three-way nomination race that year. His opponents were Gene Rossi, who raised $317,696, and Susan Platt, who raised $272,001.

Fairfax, this cycle, is in a crowded five-candidate field vying for the Democratic Party gubernatorial nomination.

Back in 2013, Ralph Northam, then a state senator, on his way to winning the Democratic nomination to run for lieutenant governor, raised $1.01 million on his nomination race.

He was actually vastly outspent by his one rival for the nomination, Aneesh Chopra, who raised $1.96 million for his nomination campaign.

Northam won the nomination that year with 54.2 percent of the vote.

With that context, then, Rasoul having $650,000 in receipts at the turn of the year is solid.

Chopra, in his 2013 race, had already raised $923,450 for his campaign as of the previous Dec. 31.

Northam hadn’t started raising money before Jan. 1 in the 2013 cycle.

Fairfax reported having raised $490,176 as of the end of 2016 heading into the 2017 cycle.

Story by Chris Graham

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