Posted by Richmond 2day staff
Abigail Spanberger has raised more money than any other Democrat in the 7th district ever has in one quarter. This is also evidence to support our article from this morning breaking down why it is possible that a Democrat might win this district for the first time in decades. See the release below.
“Today, Abigail Spanberger, Democratic candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 7th District, announced her campaign raised more than $615,000 in the second quarter of 2018, from April 1 to June 30. That total is the most ever in a single quarter from a Virginia 7th Democrat. In total, the campaign has raised over $1.3 million, more than any other Democratic challenger in the history of Virginia’s 7th District. Spanberger has not accepted any corporate PAC funds, and 74% of the campaign’s nearly 19,000 donations were small dollar contributions of $25 or less. Spanberger built the foundation of her campaign in Virginia with 75% of all dollars raised coming from Virginians.
Spanberger’s strong fundraising numbers reflect the continued impact her campaign has had since she secured the Democratic nomination in June with 72.65% of the vote.
“It is clear that our campaign’s emphasis on connecting with voters across the District and talking about the issues that matter most to them continues to resonate,” said Spanberger. “When I launched this campaign a year ago, it was assumed that the race was unwinnable. Since then, we’ve secured the Democratic nomination, we’ve seen the district rating change from ‘Safe R’ to ‘Toss Up’, and we have raised over a million dollars from dedicated individuals eager to see accessible, effective leadership in VA07. I am honored and humbled by the support our campaign has received, and I look forward to continuing the fight for the kind of common-sense policies that ensure greater opportunity for people across the 7th District.”
In addition to outraising all previous Democratic challengers in VA07 and securing a spot in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s competitive “Red to Blue” Program, Abigail has also received high-profile endorsements, including the AFL-CIO, EMILY’s List, End Citizens United, Governor Ralph Northam and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. She will face Republican Congressman Dave Brat in November.”