Kaine Outraises Allen in Neck-and-Neck Race

Kaine Outraises Allen in Neck-and-Neck Race

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - July 11, 2012

Democrat Tim Kaine outraised Republican George Allen by $1 million last quarter in Virginia, where the two former governors are engaged in one of the tightest and most expensive Senate races in the country.

Both campaigns described their respective fundraising hauls as their strongest this cycle. Kaine, who has outraised Allen in the past few financial quarters, reported raising $3 million since the second quarter began on April 1, and ended with $2.7 million in cash. About 70 percent of contributions came in donations of $200 or less. The campaign has already purchased $3.5 million in television airtime for the fall.

Allen hauled in $2 million, and ended the quarter with $3.3 million in the bank. The campaign did not release a breakdown of contributions. The Republican recently won a four-way primary to clinch his party’s nomination, while Kaine ran unopposed on the Democratic side. Both Kaine and Allen touted grassroots and in-state financial support.

The fundraising news comes as a new poll finds the pair running neck-and-neck. A Public Policy Polling (D) survey shows 46 percent of voters backing Kaine and 44 percent supporting Allen. The Democrat leads among independents, 45 percent to 37 percent. And Kaine attracts a positive, 43 percent to 38 percent, favorability rating while Allen attracts a negative, 39 percent to 42 percent, grade.

Both candidates are so well-known in the Old Dominion that their horse race numbers are likely to remain consistent until Election Day. Because the contest -- which could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate -- is so close, fundraising reports serve as a barometer for a campaign's strength.

Kaine and Allen have been campaigning to replace Democratic Sen. Jim Webb for over a year now. Given that Virginia is a key battleground state on the presidential level, observers say the Senate race here could well be determined by which candidate wins at the top of the ticket. 

Caitlin Huey-Burns is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @CHueyBurnsRCP.

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