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Rep. Dave Brat, R-7th

Democrat Abigail Spanberger raised $338,509 and rival candidate Dan Ward raised $233,789 in the first quarter of 2018 as the two head toward the June 12 primary for the chance to challenge GOP Rep. Dave Brat in the 7th Congressional District.

Ward ended the reporting period with $508,096 and Spanberger with $476,469.

However, some of that money on each side is earmarked for the general election; $67,450 for Spanberger is earmarked and $22,322 for Ward is earmarked, according to the campaigns.

The district includes parts of Henrico and Chesterfield counties in the Richmond area.

Ward and Spanberger have participated in regular forums across the district; both Spanberger and Ward are planning TV ads in the primary race.

Brat, who is seeking a third term in Congress, reporting raising $249,661 in the first quarter and had $646,355 cash on hand.

Neither Ward, a pilot and former U.S. State Department adviser, nor Spanberger, a former CIA officer, is accepting corporate PAC money.

The nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project created a database showing the finance filings of U.S. House candidates, with links to reports on the Federal Election Commission website.

U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-10th, led all Virginia U.S. House candidates in fundraising for the reporting period with $875,488, followed by Rep. Scott Taylor, R-2nd, with $598,123. Both of them are high on the list of seats Democrats are targeting this year as they hope to capitalize on an unpopular president and retake control of the House.

Elaine Luria, one of two Democrats who want to challenge Taylor, raised $373,550 in the first quarter. In Comstock’s district, Democrat Alison Friedman raised $314,898 and Democrat Jennifer Wexton, a state senator from Loudoun County, raised $267,345.

New reports for U.S. Senate candidates are not yet available.

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