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Virginians donated $7.2 million to presidential campaigns in 2015

Virginians donated $7.2 million to presidential campaigns in 2015

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Virginians donated at least $7.2 million to presidential campaigns in 2015, led by Democrat Hillary Clinton at nearly $2.9 million and Jeb Bush at nearly $1.3 million, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

The Virginia fundraising figures underscore how in this anti-establishment election there is little correlation between cash raised and political performance, particularly among the GOP contenders.

VPAP got the figures from the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington nonprofit that tracks money in federal elections.

Here is how much Virginians donated to presidential campaigns in 2015, according to VPAP, and where the candidates stand ahead of Virginia’s March 1 presidential primary, according to a poll that Christopher Newport University released on Tuesday.

Democrats

Clinton — $2.88 million in 3,926 donations from Virginia — first place in CNU’s Virginia poll, with 52 percent among likely Democratic primary voters.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. — $263,162 in 1,666 donations from Virginia — second place in CNU poll, with 40 percent.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley — $150,334 in 143 donations from Virginia — he has dropped out of the contest.

Republicans

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — $1.25 million in 949 donations from Virginia — last in the CNU poll of likely Republican voters, with 4 percent.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. — $665,615 in 1,052 donations from Virginia — second in CNU poll, with 22 percent.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson — $613,382 in 2,942 donations from Virginia — tied for fourth in CNU poll at 7 percent.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas — $456,653 in 1,712 Virginia donations — third in CNU poll at 19 percent.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina — $243,491 from 647 Virginia donations — dropped out of race.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich — $167,590 from 151 Virginia donations — tied for fourth in CNU poll at 7 percent.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. — $158,991 from 590 Virginia donations — dropped out of race.

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore — $126,066 from 41 Virginia donations — dropped out of race.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — $103,560 from 66 Virginia donations — dropped out of race.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. — $91,000 from 113 Virginia donations — dropped out of race.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. — $80,234 from 64 Virginia donations — dropped out of race.

Businessman Donald Trump — $26,394 from 67 Virginia donations — first in the CNU poll, with 28 percent among likely Republican primary voters.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — $14,406 from 70 Virginia donations — dropped out of race.

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