The final campaign finance numbers are in for the 5th District race, and it looks like Tom Perriello just buried Virgil Goode in money. Goode spent $1.8M, while Perriello spent $1.7M, but the difference was made up by outside groups. Various political committees spent $150k on behalf of Goode, compared to $1.2M on behalf of Perriello. The final tally is $3M to $1.9M, or a 50% advantage to Perriello. He got twice as much money into this district as I thought he could manage.
The crazy thing is that Goode didn’t spend all of his money: He still had $200k come November 24. He’s a notorious cheapskate, but I didn’t know he was that cocky. What the FEC doesn’t provide yet is a breakdown of his income and expenses after October 15, so it’s not clear to me whether a) he raised a lot of money after election day, planning for a recount b) he actually had a lot more on hand come election day, but spent it gearing up for a recount or c) a combination of the two is the case. My suspicion is that he didn’t get close to spending all of his money, because while the rest of us figured out that Perriello had a fighting chance about ten days before the election, you could have knocked Goode over with a feather come about 11pm on November 4th.