The front-runner for Tuesday's special election has raised more than eight times as much as his competitors, but that might not matter with low voter turnout expected.
Since state Del. David Englin announced in April that he was resigning from his post following an extramarital affair, Democrat Rob Krupicka has raised more than $80,000, compared with Libertarian Justin Malkin's $9,670 and Republican Tim McGhee's $5,745, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks campaign financing.
More than half of Krupicka's total was spent leading up to the Democratic caucus, he said, which pitted him against Karen Gautney, whom Englin endorsed.
|• Position: State delegate, House District 45. Includes the eastern half of Alexandria, parts of southeast Arlington County and parts of the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County.|
|• Candidates: Democrat Rob Krupicka, Republican Tim McGhee, Libertarian Justin Malkin|
|• Poll hours: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.|
|• Voting precincts:|
|Ladrey Senior Building, 300 Wythe St.|
|City Hall, 301 King St.|
|Lyles Crouch School, 530 S. St. Asaph St.|
|Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St.|
|Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.|
|Cora Kelly Center, 25 W. Reed Ave.|
|Mount Vernon Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave.|
|George Washington School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave.|
|Fire Dept. Headquarters, 900 Second St.|
|Maury School, 600 Russell Road|
|George Mason School, 2601 Cameron Mills Road|
|Agudas Achim Congregation, 2908 Valley Drive|
|Blessed Sacrament Church, 1427 W. Braddock Road|
|Linden Resources, 750 23rd St. South|
|Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S Stafford St.|
|Abingdon Elementary School, 3035 S Abingdon St.|
|Oakridge Elementary School, 1414 24th St. South|
|Park Operations Building, 2700 S Taylor St.SClBSClBFairfax:|
|Belle View Elementary, 6701 Fort Hunt Road|
|Huntington Community Center, 5751 Liberty Drive|
|Grosvenor Huntington Community Center, 5751 Liberty Drive|
"Money, at the end of the day, is not going to determine who wins this election," said Krupicka, a member of the Alexandria City Council and state Board of Education. "There have been lots of cases where candidates who raised less money are successful. We feel good about the relationships we've made, we just need folks to remember to vote."
Although McGhee, a technology consultant, has been outraised by both of his competitors, he said he was feeling confident heading into
Tuesday's special election.
"I think we've found ways to reach voters at a fraction of the cost," McGhee said. "And we're still implementing cost-effective methods to do so. We're definitely still in this thing."
Malkin, a credit analyst for an asset management company, said he, too, found ways to effectively hit on all cylinders without using massive amounts of money.
"Amount doesn't reflect effort," said Malkin, who funded much of his own campaign. "We've utilized what will result in a competitive race. We're realistic about our chances, but our confidence is high. We've put up a strong effort."
The candidates are running to represent state House District 45, which includes the eastern half of Alexandria, parts of southeast Arlington County and parts of the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County.
Gov. Bob McDonnell said it was necessary to schedule the special election "as quickly as is possible" to give lawmakers time to prepare for the 2013 legislative session and ensure Virginians are fully represented in the General Assembly. Still, many have questioned its timing, fearing Tuesday, the first day of school for many Northern Virginia children, is too close to Labor Day to draw a big turnout.