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Candidates in 5th District bring in cash for final push

As the polls show a neck-and-neck race in the 5th Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Rep. Tom Perriello and Republican state legislator Sen. Robert Hurt released campaign reports that show their cash levels are close as well.

Hurt raised slightly more at $900,000 in the third quarter, compared to $810,000 by Perriello. But Hurt is probably trailing in cash-on-hand.

Perriello’s campaign says he has $1.3 million to spend between now and the elections.

Hurt’s campaign didn’t release the amount of cash-on-hand. Official campaign reports to the Federal Elections Commission are due on Friday.

In the last report on June 30, Hurt trailed Perriello significantly in cash. Hurt only had $216,000 on hand compared to Perriello’s $1.7 million. But as the candidates head into the final weeks before elections, money will not be an issue for either of them.

Which means a hot race will only heat up. The latest polling shows them separated by just 1 percentage point among likely voters.

“Both sides are going to remain very competitive,” said Isaac Wood, a political analyst with the University of Virginia Center for Politics. “Neither side is going to have to skimp on TV ads.”

Both campaigns attributed their cash inflow to support from 5th District voters. But the high levels of cash from both candidates also point to national attention on the race.

“It’s one of the top races in the country, and both [candidates] have been able to tap into a network of donors outside the district,” Wood said.

All campaigns in the commonwealth must report their campaign contributions by Friday.