Updated 11:35 a.m. | Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) continued his fundraising dominance in the third quarter, raising a personal-best $4.5 million for his Senate bid.
According to a campaign release, Kaine has now raised "nearly $15 million total from more than 40,000 individual donors, including 10,000 new donors in the last six weeks." His strong fundraising allowed the campaign to but an additional $3 million in television time for the final five weeks of the campaign, increasing his total fall buy to about $7.5 million. He still had $1 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 30.
Former Gov. George Allen (R) has not yet released his third-quarter fundraising figures. Kaine has regularly outraised him during the past year and a half, as polls continued to show the race as a dead heat. However, a new independent poll out Wednesday found Kaine with a 5-point lead.
"Even in the face of more than $13 million in false ads run by outside groups, largely funded by secret money, supporters from all stripes have stood up and affirmed what we’ve known all along – grassroots support will be what wins this race," Kaine Campaign Manager Mike Henry said in a statement.
Roll Call rates the race for the seat of retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D) as a Tossup.
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Allen announced later this morning raising nearly $3.5 million from July through September. He had about $2.6 million left in the bank. "We will continue to deliver our positive message for pro-job growth tax, regulatory, energy and education policies," Allen said in a statement.