Romney, Kaine Leading in Virginia Campaign Donations
The money race for president and the U.S. Senate in Virginia.
Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, continues to lead President Barack Obama in Virginia campaign donations, according to the most recent reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign spending, Romney has raised $4.5 million in Virginia, compared to Obama's $4.2 million. CRP's numbers were updated through July 21 and are based on FEC numbers.
In the Virginia U.S. Senate race, Democrat Tim Kaine continue to lead Republican George Allen in campaign donations.
Kaine raised $10,390,929, while Allen has raised $8,169,391, for the reporting period ending June 30, according to the Center for Responsive Poliltics.
The Senate race between these two former Virginia governors has become one of the most-watched Senate races of the 2012 election year.
"The fundraising numbers showcase that both of these campaigns are ultra-competitive with no distinct advantage for anyone at this point," said Mark Rozell, Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, who studies Virginia politics.
"In the Senate and the presidential, each major party nominee will raise and spend more than enough money to be competitive throughout the march to November. As the campaigns heat up further, look for these numbers to grow dramatically, along with unprecedented amounts of outside money pouring into the state," he said.
McLean's two zip codes lead all Virginia zip codes as the most generous in contributing to the presidential campaigns. The Senate race does not have a breakdown by zip code.
Sixteen percent of Romney's $4.5 million was donated by McLean residents. Eleven percent of the president's $4.2 million was donated by McLean residents.
"It shouldn’t be surprising that McLean is home to the most generous campaign contributors in the state of Virginia," Geoff Skelley, a political analyst at the University of Virginia Center for Politics has said. "The 22101 and 22102 ZIP codes are just about the richest in the state and are among the wealthiest in the country.”
McLean's median household income is nearly $165,000, according to the U.S. Census. Great Falls is the only jurisdiction that has a higher median household income with $189,000. The median household income for Fairfax County is $105,000.
McLean is also the address of major Republican and Democratic fundraisers, such as Fred Malek, Bobbie Kilberg for the Republicans and Terry McAuliffe for the Democrats.
Mitt Romney Barack Obama
Virginia $4,540,913 $4,225,714
22101 $ 460,294 $ 257,579
22102 $ 270,259 $ 208,621
Total for McLean $ 730, 553 $ 466,200