The Republican in a down ticket race in Virginia's November election got a huge boost Wednesday when the Republican Attorneys General Association gave conservative challenger John Adams $900,000 to battle liberal Attorney General Mark Herring.
The donation, which brings the RAGA total contributions to Adams to $2.75 million, could give an added spark to the rising campaign of Adams.
"RAGA gets involved in races we can win. Period. John Adams campaign is growing in strength because voters are beginning to see he will be an impartial advocate for the rule of law," said Executive Director, Scott Will.
"When you contrast John's commitment to his country – whether through his service in the Navy, or as federal prosecutor – with Mark Herring's blatant political agenda, the choice could not be clearer. We are proud to stand with John Adams," he added.
Polls show Adams creeping up on Herring, though he is still nine points down in new Christopher Newport University poll.
While the gubernatorial race between former national Republican Party chief Ed Gillespie and current Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has been something of a snooze, the Adams-Herring race clashes daily on social issues, immigration and guns.
Herring, for example, sued the administration over immigration issues and tried to bar those with out-of-state concealed carry gun permits from carrying their guns in Virginia.
Adams, meanwhile, has won the endorsements of law enforcement, businesses, and agriculture, like the National Federation of Independent Business Virginia, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC, the Virginia Fraternal Order of Police, Police Benevolent Association, and 48 sheriffs from across the Commonwealth.
The two plan to take their fight to politically split Loudoun County in Northern Virginia for an October 20 debate where the RAGA told us they plan to "have some fun."
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org