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Incumbents Have Heavy Cash Advantage Going into Primary

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Challengers looking to knock off incumbent state lawmakers during next week's primary will have to do so at a large spending disadvantage.

Eight out of the nine office holders facing a primary challenge enjoy significant cash advantages over their rivals ahead of the June 9 primary, according to an analysis by the Virginia Public Access Project.

The most recent campaign finance reports show incumbents have spent more during the final weeks of the campaign and have more cash on hand than their challengers by several factors, in one case as high as 76 times as much.

The only incumbent who is at a cash disadvantage is Republican Del. Mark Berg, a tea party favorite who beat an incumbent in 2013 despite having less money. 
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