President Barack Obama and the presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney have each raised nearly $2 million from Virginia residents who have given at least $200, but the former Massachusetts governor has a $100,000 edge, according to a new report by a nonpartisan group tracking campaign funds.
More than half of the funds raised by each candidate between January and May have come from Northern Virginia, particularly McLean, according to VPAP. McLean is among the nation's top communities for political donations.
Romney has raised $1.9 million — 78 percent of it from Northern Virginia, according to VPAP. Thirty-six percent of his contributions came from McLean.
President Obama has raised $1.8 million, 70 percent of which is from Northern Virginia, according to VPAP. Twenty-two percent was from McLean.
Romney has raised a total of $3.8 million from large and small donors in Virginia. Obama has raised a total of $3.6 million from Virginia donors large and small, according to the latest report from Open Secrets, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign contributions.
The VPAP analysis of donations from large contributors comes as both campaigns are deploying their campaign workers across Virginia, which experts predict will be one of this election's most important .
Geoff Skelley, a political analyst at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, has said that it's not surprising "that McLean is home to the most generous campaign contributors in the state of Virginia. 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 all of Fairfax County is $105,000.
McLean is also the address of major Republican and Democratic fundraisers: Fred Malek is a wealthy businessman who served as national finance co-chair of John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. Bobbie Kilberg formerly worked at the White House and is now president of the Northern Virginia Tech Council. She frequently opens her home to Republican fundraisers.
The first featuring President Obama and former President Bill Clinton was held April 30 at the McLean home of leading Democratic fundraiser Terry McAuliffe.
McAuliffe is former chair of the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign manager and a likely candidate for Virginia governor in 2013. He and his wife frequently open their home for Democratic fundraisers.
Coming Thursday: A list of top McLean donors for Obama and Romney.
Total Va $1.8 million $1.9 million
McLean $409, 997 $674,014
22101 $217,426 $420,470
22102 $192,571 $253,544
Fund Raising by Region Obama
Inside the Beltway
South Hampton Roads