Spending Update In Governor’s Race

Democrat Ralph Northam has outspent rival Tom Perriello by more than 2 to 1 on TV advertising in Virginia’s closely watched governor’s race with less than four weeks before the primary.
Spokesmen for both campaigns said Wednesday that their media tracking showed Northam had spent $1.2 million while Perriello has spent more than $500,000. Virginia and New Jersey are the only states set to elect governors this year, and the contest in the Old Dominion is attracting broad national attention as a possible early referendum on President Donald Trump ahead of the 2018 midterms. TV spending, one of the most expensive parts of campaigning, gives a glimpse of the relative financial strength of each candidate with less than a month to go. Virginia doesn’t require contenders for statewide office to report their fundraising and spending for April and May until just before the June 13 primary.