State Senator Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) is leading in the latest fundraising reports in the VA-07 GOP primary. In reports earlier this spring, Derrick Anderson led the field, showing him to be a serious contender, but Reeves is now at $680,511, while Anderson is at $599,324, according to data compiled by The Virginia Public Access Project.
Reeves’ campaign manager Jimmy Spinella said in a press release, “There is no surprise in seeing the fundraising match the polling. We are so grateful and thankful for all of our supporters. They understand that there are two people running for Congress in the 7th Congressional District, Bryce Reeves and Abigail Spanberger. It’s time for us to unite as a party, and focus on our goal of winning this November.”
The latest reports cover the period up to June 1.
Stafford Supervisor Crystal Vanuch has raised $517,873 — not much more than the $483,589 she reported previously, which includes $400,000 in self loans. Prince William Supervisor Yesli Vega has narrowed the gap between her and Vanuch. In the latest reports, Vega’s total fundraising is $506,021.
However, Vanuch leads in cash on hand, with $418,018, while Reeves has $183,028, Anderson has $148,78, and Vega has $118,000.
In the VA-02 GOP race, Senator Jen Kiggans (R-Virginia Beach) has raised over $1.3 million since beginning in 2021 and has $489,030 cash on hand. Jarome Bell has raised $492,051, and Tommy Altman III has raised just $246,284.
Earlier this week, elections forecaster Joe Szymanski found details from a VA-07 GOP primary poll. Of the top four candidates, Reeves leads district wide, with 20.56 percent support, followed by Vega with 19.10 percent, Anderson with 14.41 percent, and Vanuch with 5.37 percent. Clout Research conducted the poll among 557 likely GOP primary election voters from May 28-31, and the poll has a plus-or-minus 4.12 percent margin of error.
The poll also broke down support by region: Vega performed well in Prince William County, getting 41.67 percent support, while Anderson came in second with 13.89 percent support. Anderson came in first in Stafford at 21.24 percent, followed by Vanuch and then Reeves. But Reeves held all the other regions with more than 20 percent support.
Clout called the race “evenly split” between Reeves and Vega.
“Reeves was seen favorably by 48 percent of respondents, while 22 percent said they held unfavorable opinions of him, a ratio that was slightly more than 2:1 positive overall. By contrast, Vega was seen favorably by 40 percent, while 14 percent held unfavorable opinions of her, a stronger 2.75:1 favorable-to-unfavorable ratio, which accounts for the tightness of the ballot test,” Clout reported.
The primary is June 21.
This article originally appeared in The Virginia Star. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the positions of The Republican Standard. Republished with permission.