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Va. Democratic challengers find success in fundraising

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Democratic challengers to sitting members of Congress are having success raising money.

Campaign finance reports released on Sunday show Democrats outraised incumbent GOP Reps. Dave Brat and Tom Garrett during the first three months of this year.

Several other Democratic challengers also posted strong fundraising totals.

Fundraising among incumbent Republicans was mixed. GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock raised the most money last quarter, followed by Republican Rep. Scott Taylor.

Republicans currently hold 7 out of eleven U.S. House seats in Virginia, but Democrats are hopeful they will gain seats thanks to voter antipathy toward President Donald Trump. Democrats easily won all three statewide offices last year and made major gains in the state House.

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