Republicans hold fundraising advantages in two special Virginia elections to fill the state House seat of Morgan Griffith and the state Senate seat of Robert Hurt, both of whom were elected to Congress in November.
Lawyer Bill Stanley, the Republican candidate for Hurt’s seat, had $24,085 in the bank compared to Democrat Henry "Hank" Davis’s $14,132 as of Dec. 31, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks political contributions in the state.
Stanley raised $64,875 and had already spent $40,789 between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, the reports show. Davis took in $52,258 and spent $38,125.
In the race for Griffith’s House seat, attorney Greg Habeeb had $66,911 in cash on hand compared to businesswoman Ginger Mumpower’s $3,122 as of Dec. 31. Habeeb took in $138,018 and spent $71,108 during the reporting period. Mumpower raised $26,702 and spent $23,579.
A special election will also have to be held to find a replacement for Del. Thomas Gear, R-Hampton, who is resigning for health reasons.