Campaign bucks into the homestretch

Leslie Cockburn, the Rappahannock County-based Democratic nominee for Congress in Virginia’s 5th District, has announced in advance of official word from the Federal Election Commission that her campaign raised $1.141 million during the 3rd quarter of 2018 that ended last month.

The Democrat said she currently has $1.036 million cash on hand going into the final stretch of campaigning ahead of the Nov. 6 general election.

Cockburn said she raised the funds without any contributions from Corporate-PAC’s. Instead, she said the campaign was supported by 51,962 individual contributions with an average gift of $46.87.

To date, the Cockburn campaign has raised $2.436 million, which it said is “nearly triple” the amount raised by the candidate’s Republican opponent, Denver Riggleman, although the latter didn’t enter the race until this past summer.

That said, there’s no word yet from the Riggleman campaign on the candidate’s 3rd quarter fundraising efforts, nor has the FEC, as with Cockburn, posted the Republican’s latest figures. As of the end of June, Riggleman had raised just over $217,000, having entered the race one month earlier, on May 28.

— John McCaslin

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