Candidates for the upcoming General Assembly races in Virginia are busy dialing for dollars and raising money to head into this summer’s primary season, and ultimately for the fall campaign.
A look through campaign finance reports shows that the most expensive primary in Northern Virginia is for a state Senate seat that was held for many years by Chuck Colgan. The Republican raised more money than any other candidate for state senate. Three Democrats are also vying for the nomination, raising more than $100,000 between them.
“What’s going on here is really another consequence of gerrymandering,” says Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington, “because most of the seats are already clearly Democratic or clearly Republican, the handful of seats that might flip get all the attention and all the money.”