“If You Can’t Pay the Rent, You Can’t Save the World”
There are 795,467 residents in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District, and in Arlington alone there are over 150,000 active registered voters, and, just because you decide to be a congressional candidate, that does not mean that anyone automatically knows that you exist.
As a measure of competitiveness, a candidate must demonstrate to national interests, like the GOP, and other conservative interest groups, that a candidate campaign has a realistic chance of attaining success, and the threshold is generally at $250,000 in receipts reported to the FEC.
The incumbent, Don Beyer, began fundraising immediately after his re-election, and, at year-end, he reported almost one million dollars in receipts.
Don Beyer has historically raised about two million in his campaigns in VA8 against challenging GOP nominees in a congressional district where the Arlington Sun Gazette has stated that a bookie would not lay odds on a Republican picking up the seat.
Mark Ellmore reported year-end receipts totalling $3,760, despite this being his fourth time seeking the nomination.
Heerak Christian Kim, in his first try at politics posted only $265.52 for his year-end receipts.
Bottom line, Major Mike Webb, in his second run at Congress, knows how to be competive, and no other GOP candidate has demonstrated by the most important metric that they can flip Virginia Red in VA8 for the President in November.