Newspaper article Roll Call

Eric Cantor Brings in Bucks for Primary Challenge

Newspaper article Roll Call

Eric Cantor Brings in Bucks for Primary Challenge

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Recent fundraising reports filed Thursday for June 10 primaries give a glimpse of where those races stand, 10 days in advance.

On June 10, there will be House primaries in Maine and Virginia, where House Majority Leader Eric Cantor faces his most serious primary threat yet -- although most Republicans expect him to prevail with a large margin.

Here's what the reports, which cover the fundraising period from April 1 to May 21, show:

Virginia's 7th District

Cantor, whose district is located between Richmond and Charlottesville, far outraised his GOP primary opponent, college professor David Brat.

Cantor raised $449,000 in the pre-primary period, and reported $1.5 million in cash on hand. Brat, however, raised a respectable amount -- $117,000 -- for a challenger in a short period of time, and he reported $84,000 in the bank.

Virginia GOP operatives expect Cantor to emerge from the primary. Virginia's 7th District is rated a Safe Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Virginia's 8th District

Former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer's haul is hundreds of thousands more than the six other Democrats running in the primary, further cementing his front-runner status. This northern Virginia district is open this cycle because Democratic Rep. James P. Moran is retiring.

Beyer brought in $647,000 in the pre-primary period -- including his $200,000 loan to the campaign. He reported $351,000 in cash on hand.

Radio show host and former Capitol Hill aide Mark Levine raised $166,000, which includes a $150,000 loan to his campaign. That left Levine with $293,000 in the bank.

Here's a rundown of the rest of the Democrats in the 8th District field:

* State Sen. Adam Ebbin, whom Democratic operatives say also has a shot at the Democratic nomination, raised $113,000 from April 1 to May 21, and reported $88,000 in cash on hand.

* Community activist Lavern Chatman raised $107,000 and reported $69,000 in the bank. …

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