Northam has edge over Per­riello in cam­paign cash

Demo­cratic pri­mary for gov­er­nor seen as bell­wether

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - BY ALAN SUDERMAN

RICH­MOND | Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has a siz­able cash ad­van­tage over ri­val Tom Per­riello a week ahead of the Demo­cratic pri­mary elec­tion in Vir­ginia’s closely watched race for gov­er­nor.

Cam­paign fi­nance re­ports filed Mon­day show Mr. Northam with $600,000 more in cash than Mr. Per­riello at the begin­ning of this month.

Both re­ported rais­ing about $2 mil­lion in April and May, but Mr. Northam’s ad­van­tage comes from hav­ing been in the race far longer than Mr. Per­riello.

Mr. Northam said he has raised $7.5 mil­lion over­all through his cam­paign ac­count and a sep­a­rate po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee, and he re­ported $1.3 mil­lion in cash at the end of May.

Mr. Per­riello, a for­mer con­gress­man who sur­prised most state Democrats when he jumped into the race in Jan­uary, has raised more than $4 mil­lion and re­ported $734,000 left in cash.

The con­test be­tween Mr. Northam and Mr. Per­riello is be­ing watched na­tion­ally as a pos­si­ble sig­nal for how Democrats re­spond to the early days of Pres­i­dent Trump. Swing state Vir­ginia is one of only two states elect­ing gover­nors this year.

Mr. Northam is a more tra­di­tional can­di­date who stresses his prag­matic ap­proach and abil­ity to work with state Repub­li­cans. Mr. Per­riello is run­ning a more lib­eral cam­paign, promising to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for so­cial pro­grams to help the poor and mid­dle class.

Those dif­fer­ences are high­lighted in cam­paign re­ports.

Mr. Northam, who is backed by the state party es­tab­lish­ment, re­ceived 88 per­cent of all do­na­tions of $100 or more from Vir­ginia sources in April and May, ac­cord­ing to the Vir­ginia Pub­lic Ac­cess Project.

Many of his Mr. Northam’s donors are reg­u­lar givers in Vir­ginia pol­i­tics, in­clud­ing tech ex­ec­u­tive Tom DePasquale, per­sonal in­jury law firm Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, and cor­po­ra­tions such as Al­tria and Do­min­ion En­ergy.

Mr. Per­riello, who has drawn far more na­tional at­ten­tion and is backed by prom­i­nent out-of-state pro­gres­sives in­clud­ing U.S. Sens. Bernard San­ders of Ver­mont and El­iz­a­beth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts, is heav­ily re­liant on outof-state su­per­donors.

Bil­lion­aire in­vestors Ge­orge Soros and Don­ald Suss­man have given $500,000 and $300,000, re­spec­tively.

Mr. Northam re­ported spend­ing $3.8 mil­lion in April and May, com­pared with Mr. Per­riello’s $2.8 mil­lion. As of mid-May, Mr. Northam has out­spent Mr. Per­riello by 2-to-1 on TV air­time.

Re­pub­li­can front-run­ner Ed Gille­spie has more than a $2 mil­lion cash ad­van­tage over his GOP chal­lengers, Corey Ste­wart and state Sen. Frank Wag­ner. Mr. Gille­spie, a for­mer Re­pub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee chair­man, raised $1.1 mil­lion in April and May.

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