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Virginia House of Delegates Targets: Post-Primary/Second Quarter Fundraising Update

by: johnny longtorso

Sat Jul 18, 2009 at 15:56:22 PM EDT

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

Well, the primary is over a month past us, and the second quarter fundraising reports are in, so I've updated my list. I've added a couple of Democratic seats to watch (the 6th and the 87th) and dropped a Republican seat (the 60th). The list, including a nice little chart cribbed from SSP's Senate ratings, are below the jump.
johnny longtorso :: Virginia House of Delegates Targets: Post-Primary/Second Quarter Fundraising Update
Likely D Lean D Tossup Lean R Likely R
3rd (Bowling)
32nd (Poisson)
35th (open)
44th (open)
67th (Caputo)
87th (Miller)
21st (Mathieson)
23rd (Valentine)
51st (Nichols)
52nd (open)
64th (Barlow)
7th (Nutter)
17th (open)
34th (Vanderhye)
42nd (Albo)
83rd (Bouchard)
86th (Rust)
93rd (Hamilton)
6th (Crockett-Stark)
13rd (B. Marshall)
14th (D. Marshall)
94th (Oder)
26th (Lohr)
50th (Miller)
58th (Bell)
73rd (O'Bannon)
82nd (Purkey)

Democratic Targets

6th: Anne Crockett-Stark vs. Carole Pratt (Bland, Giles, Pulaski, Tazewell, Wythe)
Anne Crockett-Stark picked up this seat in 2005, then failed to increase her margin much in 2007, winning 54-46 then 56-44. She also only has about $15k on hand. Challenger Carole Pratt was a last-minute fill-in, but has already more than doubled Crockett-Stark's cash on hand. The district is moderately Republican but is more sympathetic to the right Democrat -- Deeds only lost the district 55-45 in 2005, whereas Obama lost it 61-37.

7th: Dave Nutter vs. Peggy Frank (Montgomery, Pulaski, Radford)
Nutter won 53-47 over Peggy Frank in 2007, and she's come back for a rematch. Creigh Deeds on the ticket (he lost the district 52-48 in 2005) may help her in this SWVA district.

13th: Bob Marshall vs. John Bell (Loudoun, Prince William)
Bob Marshall is a far-right culture warrior in a rapidly-expanding exurban district. He trounced Bruce Roemmelt in 2005 and 2007, but Air Force vet John Bell looks to be a stronger challenger. Marshall will have to fight the increasing Democratic strength in this district -- after leaning Republican for years, it voted narrowly for Obama in 2008.

14th: Danny Marshall vs. Seward Anderson (Danville, Henry, Pittsylvania)
Danny Marshall narrowly held off Adam Tomer in 2007 52-48, and faces another strong challenger, this time former Danville Mayor Seward Anderson. The problem for Anderson is winning enough of the vote in Pittsylvania; Marshall narrowly lost Danville but won an overwhelming 63% in Pittsylvania to hold on.

17th: open (William Fralin retiring); Bill Cleaveland vs. Gwen Mason (Botetourt, Roanoke County, Roanoke City)
This is an open seat, the only reason this seat is a target, as it's a pretty solidly Republican district (although Kaine did get 47% there). Democrat Gwen Mason, a member of the Roanoke City Council, has been able to sit back and accrue a war chest as five Republicans battled it out for the nomination, in which attorney Bill Cleaveland emerged as the Republican victor. Cleaveland doesn't seem to have much of a base in the district -- he lives in Botetourt, the smallest part of the district, although his practice is in the City of Roanoke. His post-primary fundraising is also sputtering, aside from a large infusion of cash from retiring Fralin.

26th: Matt Lohr vs. Gene Hart (Harrisonburg, Rockingham)
Lohr was elected 54-46 in 2005 against Lowell Fulk (not to be confused with blogger Lowell Feld), and faced only an independent in 2007. Harrisonburg attorney Gene Hart is taking a swing at it this time. He'll need to crack Rockingham to win, though -- Fulk won Harrisonburg easily but got trounced in Rockingham 59-41.

42nd: Dave Albo vs. Greg Werkheiser (Fairfax)
Dave Albo is notorious for being the driving force (no pun intended) behind the incredibly-unpopular abusive driving fees that were passed in 2007 and summarily repealed the next year. Greg Werkheiser, Albo's 2005 opponent who came within a few percent of beating Albo, is running again. Albo has realized the peril he's in and pumped a bunch of PAC money into his account. There doesn't seem to be a special interest around that he won't take money from, and it's given him a $165k warchest, compared to Werkheiser's $40k.

50th: Jackson Miller vs. Jeanette Rishell (Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William)
This will be the third matchup between Republican Jackson Miller and Democrat Jeanette Rishell. Rishell lost 53-47 in a 2006 special election, then by 61-39 in 2007. This is a swing district, and Rishell is good at raising money, but it remains to be seen whether she can get voters on her side this time.

52nd: open (Jeff Frederick retiring); Rafael Lopez vs. Luke Torian (Prince William)
Jeff Frederick, ostracized by his party, is retiring, so the Republican nominee is Rafael Lopez. Frederick's wife Amy had filed for the Republican nomination but withdrew before the primary. Democrats chose pastor Luke Torian in the primary, who will likely cruise to victory in November. This district was won by Obama 63-36 -- not fertile ground for a Republican hold in the best of circumstances.

58th: Robert Bell vs. Cynthia Neff (Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Orange)
Another masterful Republican gerrymander, this district is basically a New Jersey-shaped wedge around Charlottesville that has an ever-so-slight Republican lean. Bell faces a challenge from Cynthia Neff, a retired IBM executive, but get this -- Bell has over $500,000 on hand. Not a typo, half a million dollars. I guess he's been wanting to run statewide for a while. Neff is going to have to go a long way to make up for this financial disadvantage.

73rd: John O'Bannon vs. Thomas Shields (Henrico, Richmond City)
Suburban Richmond is home to John O'Bannon, who has $175,000 in the bank and is being challenged by college professor Thomas Shields. Shields has a lot of catching up to do to match O'Bannon's fundraising. This is actually the first time a Democrat has bothered to run against O'Bannon, who succeeded Eric Cantor following his election to the House in 2000. The district is one of many in the Commonwealth that is moving towards the center after being Republican-leaning for a while.

82nd: Bob Purkey vs. Peter Schmidt vs. John Parmele (Virginia Beach)
Purkey, a former Wall Street broker, sleepwalks through one campaign after another. His first serious opponent in years is Republican-turned-Democrat Peter Schmidt, who challenged Purkey in the Republican primary in 2005. This is a fairly Republican district, but Schmidt's profile as a moderate former Republican could be a boon in his bid. Independent John Parmele, who lost 71-29 to Purkey in a two-way race in 2005, will be the third option on the ballot.

86th: Tom Rust vs. Stevens Miller (Fairfax, Loudoun)
Rust's first serious challenge came in 2007, when he was held to 53% by Jay Donohue. The district has made a sharp left turn to the Democrats, voting 62% for Obama in 2008. Rust is being challenged this time by Loudoun County Supervisor Stevens Miller. Miller's geographic location may help, as in 2007 Rust only narrowly won the Fairfax part of the district but dominated the Loudoun portion 55-45.

93rd: Phil Hamilton vs. Robin Abbott (James City, Newport News)
Hamilton represents a Democratic district that has only gotten stronger in recent years, but hasn't faced an opponent since 1995. Now he's going up against attorney Robin Abbott. Like Albo, Hamilton has sensed danger and is suckling at the teat for PAC money -- he's now over $180k in cash on hand, compared to Abbot's $113k.

94th: Glenn Oder vs. Gary West (Newport News)
Oder is yet another Republican in a swing district with a slight Republican lean, although it was won by Obama last year. He hasn't faced a Democrat since he defeated John Miller (now a State Senator) 54-46 when he was first elected to the House in 2001, but this year he will be challenged by attorney Gary West.

Republican Targets

3rd: Dan Bowling vs. James Morefield (Buchanan, Russell, Tazewell)
This is a fairly swingy district, that went 59-40 for McCain while supporting both Webb and Deeds in previous years. Bowling will find Deeds a boon at the top of the ticket, and his opponent, James Morefield, trails Bowling in fundraising, but it's still one to watch.

21st: Bobby Mathieson vs. Ron Villanueva (Virginia Beach)
Mathieson trounced incumbent Republican John Welch in 2007, but this time he faces Ron Villanueva, a member of the Virginia Beach City Council. There is a small but significant Filipino community in Virginia Beach which Villanueva might be able to appeal to, and this is Bob McDonnell's home turf, definitely a boon for any Republican running here. However, this is the most Democratic House district in the city, and Villanueva's fundraising has lagged behind Mathieson's so far.

23rd: Shannon Valentine vs. Scott Garrett (Amherst, Lynchburg)
Valentine won the seat in a 2006 special election and was unopposed in 2007, but this year she will face Lynchburg City Councilman Scott Garrett, who won the June primary. Expect lots of help for Garrett from Liberty University, but he starts off the general election broke, while Valentine has raised nearly $200k through the second quarter.

32nd: David Poisson vs. Tag Greason (Loudoun)
Poisson underperformed in 2007 after defeating Dick Black in 2005, but his 2009 opponent, Tag Greason, doesn't seem to be up to the challenge, having just over a quarter of Poisson's cash on hand after the second quarter. This is a swing district with a slight Democratic lean.

34th: Margi Vanderhye vs. Barbara Comstock (Fairfax)
When longtime incumbent Vince Callahan retired in 2007, this was considered an easy pickup. He was the last Republican from inside the beltway in the House of Delegates, and the district was won by every Democrat from John Kerry forward. However, Margi Vanderhye only managed a 3% victory. She's being challenged by Barbara Comstock, a much more conservative Republican than the moderate Callahan. Comstock's fundraising started off stronger, but Vanderhye has punched up her own efforts in the second quarter.

35th: open (Steve Shannon retiring); Mark Keam vs. James Hyland (Fairfax)
Steve Shannon, of course, is the Democratic nominee for Attorney General. Shannon's successor in this district should be a Democrat, but open seats are often unpredictable. Republican James Hyland, a former chair of the Fairfax County Republican Party who lost 60-40 to Shannon in 2005, had a clear path to the nomination; Democrats overwhelmingly chose Mark Keam, an attorney who worked on Barack Obama's Virginia campaign, in the four-way primary. Keam is a fundraising machine, pulling in over $150,000 for the primary alone; if he can keep that up, he's as good as in.

44th: open (Kris Amundson retiring); Scott Surovell vs. Jay McConville vs. Glenda Gail Parker (Fairfax)
Admunson retired in late June, giving the Republicans a leg up with a decent fundraiser, Jay McConville, but the substitute candidate, Fairfax County Democratic party chair Scott Surovell, took no time catching up, raising $80,000 in eight days. In addition, the district is pretty Democratic, which helps Surovell's chances. Also in the race is our favorite light rail-supporting perennial candidate, Glenda Gail Parker of the Indy Greens.

51st: Paul Nichols vs. Richard Anderson (Prince William)
Nichols picked up this seat from retiring Republican Michele McQuigg in 2007 against a pretty lame opponent, but similar to Vanderhye, only won by about 4%. He's facing Richard Anderson in November. Nichols loaned himself $100k to get a leg up on Anderson -- he's now ahead $160k to $35k in cash on hand. Of course, a safe incumbent wouldn't need to do that, but more money usually helps.

64th: William Barlow vs. Stan Clark vs. Albert Burckard Jr. (Franklin City, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry, Williamsburg)
Barlow is a longtime incumbent who has been winning with shrinking margins over the years, from 65-32 in 1999 to just 54-45 in 2005, his last contested election. The Republicans have chosen Isle of Wight County Supervisor Stan Clark to face off against him, and Independent Green Albert Burckard Jr., who also ran in 2005, will also be on the ballot.

67th: Chuck Caputo vs. Jim LeMunyon (Fairfax, Loudoun)
Chuck Caputo easily defeated wingnut Chris Craddock to win an open Republican seat in 2005, then nearly lost the seat in 2007, winning only 53-47 against Marc Cadin. Now he will face another challenge, this time from entrepreneur Jim LeMunyon. Caputo currently leads LeMunyon 2-1 in cash on hand, which, if 2007 is any indicator, is about what he needs to win again.

83rd: Joe Bouchard vs. Chris Stolle (Virginia Beach)
Retired Navy Commander Joe Bouchard defeated Chris Stolle, brother of State Sen. Ken Stolle, by a mere 131 votes in 2007. Stolle has come back for a rematch, but can't depend on his brother's help this time, as Ken is busy running for Virginia Beach Sheriff. McDonnell won this district by 10 points in 2005, which could help pull Chris over the top this time, though.

87th: Paula Miller vs. John Amiral (Norfolk)

Miller picked up Thelma Drake's House of Delegates seat in a 2004 special election, winning by a 97-vote margin over Michael Ball. She won against Ball again in 2005, this time by a 50-38 margin, with Republican John Coggeshall picking up the remaining 12 percent. In 2007, she defeated retired Vice Admiral Hank Giffin by a 54-46 margin (and keep in mind, this district includes a lot of the area near Norfolk Naval Station). This may be her easiest fight yet, against another Navy vet, John Amiral, but her fundraising is pretty anemic so far. Although Obama cleaned up here in 2008, this is a swing district in off-years, and has enough recent high-end residential development to keep any Democrat wary.

One More to Watch

91st: Tom Gear vs. Gordon Helsel vs. Sam Eure (Hampton, Poquoson, York)

This won't cause a change in the House of Delegates, but I thought it was an interesting race nonetheless. Gear is being challenged by Democrat Sam Eure (who has raised nearly no money and his last campaign was for York County Board of Superviors -- he lost by 15 percent) and Republican-turned-Independent Gordon Helsel, the Mayor of Poquoson, who is outraising Gear by about 2.5:1. The district is about 50-50 split between Hampton and Poquoson/York, and each locality has their own candidate -- Gear from Hampton, Helsel from Poquoson, and Eure from York. Gear, however, performed weakest in Hampton the last time he was opposed, against an independent in 2005. He only won Hampton 57-42, whereas he won Poquoson and York with over 60%. It will be interesting to see how this race plays out.

Dropped from the List

60th: open (Clarke Hogan retiring); James Edmunds vs. David Guill (Charlotte, Halifax, Prince Edward)
This one looked like it might have been interesting, but Democrat David Guill has apparently been doing nothing, at least nothing involving raising money. This is a Republican-leaning district, so he'd need to do a lot more than nothing to win.

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I would
I would really move Rust over to "Lean R" and the 67th and 44th to "Lean D".

The only thing keeping Rust from Lean R is how Democratic his district is. His money advantage would keep him safer in a swing or Republican district, but he has to fight the top of the ticket that will deliver 56-58% Democratic performance in the district.

As for the 44th, I don't think McConville is going to be able to beat Surovell, considering Surovell raised more in eight days that McConville did in three months, plus a third of McConville's money is from... McConville. I tend to view candidates who have to bankroll their own campaigns with suspicion.

I haven't heard much out of the 67th, but I think Caputo is about where he needs to be to win again.

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Caputo's Constituant Services have made the difference
Call it the advantage of the incumbancy or what ever you want.... Chuck's money is coming in from both sides. He has worked his tail off performing for his district voters. Two years ago he was still winning hearts and minds. If you watch where his money is really coming from you'll see it's including the tradionally Republican business community. Chuck has earned their trust with contiguous consistant service and performance. So in my way of saying it, this year he has shown he has won their walets. Yes, he has a hot button for some gun issues, but if you didn't know, he lost two of his campaign workers at Virginia Tech. He himself still hunts and respects those aspects, but some of the other issues like the Gun Show Loop-hole he is passionate in his resolve. I've attended his town hall meetings and they are typically standing room only.... And the room definitely isn't all Dems.

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Nice work, johnny.
It's important to put this kind of data out there, because it's so hard to find all in one place.  
I hope that the 13th is better than Likely R.  John Bell has the fundraising advantage and a good team.

Do you have
anything about us, the 24th? Ben Cline (incumbent, R) vs Jeff Price (challenger, D). Under "normal" circumstances he'd have been toast from the get go, and none of us here have a whole lot of hope, but...

I have been "shilling for Dems" at the Rockbridge County Fair on Wednesday, yesterday and tonight and the whole area seems to be a-fire for Deeds, who's the "local boy, done good". We're hoping to convince people to vote for the Dem ticket , rather than individuals. If we're successful, Jeff just might have a chance, if he grabs Deeds' coattails with both hands and holds on :)

Cline vs. Price
Price doesn't seem to have raised much money. The right Democrat could win the district, especially with Deeds at the top of the ticket (he went 50-50 there in 2005), but I think he would need more resources than he currently has.

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The 94th is going to be a Democratic pickup...
We haven't had a viable challenger to Oder for years.
We now have Gary West to oppose Oder.
Oder has no one backing him, unless you look at pac's again.
His money has dried up now that a Dem challenger has surfaced to go after him on payday lending, VDOT, the Warwick Blvd and I-64 debacle.
After what happend at the HRBT before the July 4th weekend was discovered and the safety or our fellow travelers was put at peril, Oder needs to be put out to pasture.
The fact that Glenn Oder, a member of the House transportaion committee, said that this could happen at anytime is alarming.
The fact that millions of gallons of water was allowed to seep into the  bottom of the bridge tunnel for 8 hours is not only alarming but the fact that Oder said it could have happened at anytime is outlandish and dangerous.
The repubs have stopped every effort to fix any problem.
They must go.
For our safety, the must go.

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