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Democrats Go ‘All In’ on VAGOV, With Half of What GOP Has Spent

The Republican Governors Association has already committed double what the DNC is contributing, and the DNC still can’t afford it.

Tom Perez DNC Final Week

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is going “all-in” for Ralph Northam in Virginia’s 2017 governor election, according to a report from NBC News.

After facing former Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA) in a hotly contested primary, the Northam campaign needed reinforcements, so the DNC has stepped in:

The Democratic National Committee is sending $1.5 million and several top staffers to Virginia to boost gubernatorial nominee Ralph Northam, whose war chest was depleted after a tough primary campaign, an official told NBC News.

However, the DNC’s investment is only half of what the Republican Governors Association (RGA) has invested on behalf of Republican candidate Ed Gillespie. Following a “strong performance” against Northam in a weekend debate, the RGA contributed $2 million more to the Gillespie campaign after an earlier contribution of $1 million.

Even while they only contributed half of the GOP investment, the DNC must be struggling to afford such an expenditure, given its failing fundraising infrastructure. Republicans enjoy a significant cash advantage over their Democratic rivals:

The Republican National Committee’s April numbers more than doubled its counterpart. The RNC reported raising $9.6 million in April and holding $41 million cash on hand. The DNC said it has $8.8 million on hand.