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Terry McAuliffe hauls in $1.1 million in 27 days in Virginia governor's race

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Local,Virginia,Steve Contorno

Democrat Terry McAuliffe raised $1.1 million in less than a month for his upcoming gubernatorial fight against Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

McAuliffe, who waited until November to announce his candidacy for Virginia governor, brought in 1,400 donations from Dec. 5 to Dec. 31, his campaign announced Tuesday, and 70 percent of them were for less than $100. This is the second time the former Democratic National Committee chairman is making a play for Virginia's executive mansion.

"Terry is grateful for the grassroots support from across Virginia," said McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin. "It's clear that voters want a governor looking for mainstream ideas to grow the economy and make the commonwealth more attractive to business instead of wasting time on divisive ideological battles."

Cuccinelli will announce his campaign totals for the second half of 2012 later Tuesday, his campaign told The Washington Examiner. He reported raising $922,000 in the first six months of last year.

scontorno@washingtonexaminer.com

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