One of the things I love about political arithmetic is that the standard rules never really hold.
You think that 1 + 1 = 2.
Well. Sometimes. Maybe. Perhaps.
In the most recent reporting period, Creigh Deeds raised 1/7th of what Terry McAuliffe raked in.
Deeds obtained $600,00 in donations. McAuliffe $4.2 million.
Isn’t this bad news for Deeds?
Not really. Especially if we add it up another way.
Deeds raised $600,000 despite adhering to the rules that said members could not raise money when the General Assembly is in session. Staying in the legislature doesn’t look like such a bad move any longer.
Perhaps more importantly, Deeds has been acting like a lot of us have been lately and hasn’t been spending much money either. He’s socked away $1.2 million in the bank. Less than McAuiffe’s $2.5 million. Yet more than Moran’s $824,000.
And the polls show that he is within striking distance.
Sure, he’s not making much noise in NOVA where Moran and McAuliffe are duking it out and it’s still hard to see how the numbers completely add up for him without a greater presence there.
But I tend not to underestimate candidates who are smart with their money.
They’re usually pretty smart with their strategy as well.