Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and former Gov. Tim Kaine out raised his Republican opponent former U.S. Sen. and former Gov. George Allen by nearly $1 million dollars during the second quarter of 2012.
According to satemenst released by the respective campaigns Kaine raised "approximately $3 million" to Allen's "over $2 million." for the reporting period that ran from April 1 to June 30.
“Since the start of this campaign, we have seen extraordinary grassroots support for Governor Kaine’s commitment to work together in Washington to create opportunities and improve the lives of all Virginians, and this quarter was no exception," said Kaine campaign communications director Brandi Hoffine. "Thousands of new donors have gotten involved this quarter because they are tired of the partisan gridlock in Washington that continues to threaten our economic recovery, and they want a Senator who will take a forward-looking, Virginia-based approach to getting our economy back on track.
Allen offered a similar statement thanking grass roots supporters for donating to his effort to win back the seat he lost to retiring U.S. Sen. Jim Webb in 2006.
“Susan and I are so very grateful for the growing support and generosity of people who share a vision of a better future for families, small businesses and hardworking taxpayers,” Allen said. “Each day people from every region of Virginia are joining our dedicated grassroots team, and we’re encouraged by the strong growth in supporters who gave us our largest fundraising quarter of the campaign. Our positive message for freedom and opportunity is resonating throughout Virginia as we fight for a more efficient, effective government that spends less and serves better. Virginians are energized to bring their voices back to Washington to restore personal economic freedom, confidence in our future and the American Dream.”
While Kaine has raised more than his rival, Allen has an advantage in cash-on-hand with $3.34 million to Kaine's $2.7 million. But Kaine has already paid for #3.5 million for fall advertising. Allen has reportedly reserved $3 million of fall ad slots but not paid for them yet.
Hoffine said 70 percent of donors to the Kaine campaign during the second quarter gave $200 or less.
While Kaine has consistently out raised Allen since entering the race, he has not been able to pull away in the polls.
The latest Quinnipiac University poll, released June 6, calls the race a dead heat with Kaine receiving 44 percent to Allen's 43 percent - well within the polls +/- 2.7 percent margin of error.