John McCaslin

D.C. for Hillary

Inside the Beltway has examined the most recent presidential campaign contributions reported to the Federal Election Commission and found that the majority-Democratic nation's capital overwhelmingly backs former first-lady-turned-New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to become the next president.

Of the $8.9 million contributed by D.C. residents to the various candidates thus far in the 2008 presidential campaign, $7.4 million has gone to Democratic coffers, and, of that, nearly $3.7 million into Mrs. Clinton's campaign accounts. Sen. Barack Obama, of Illinois, has received nearly $2.7 million of the total.

Meanwhile, whereas Republicans are scarce in the District, Republican White House hopefuls secured almost $1.5 million in contributions from District residents, of which $514,000 went to Arizona Sen. John McCain, $392,000 to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and $357,000 to former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Governor vs. governor

Across the Potomac River, former Virginia governor and now U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Mark Warner was spotted with campaign supporters Wednesday night at Old Town Alexandria's Stardust Restaurant.

We'd asked Democratic National Committee chairman-turned-Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign manager Terry McAuliffe this week whether he would be making campaign appearances for Mr. Warner in Virginia during the course of the campaign, and he replied confidently: "Mark doesn't need my help, he'll do fine."

Meanwhile, Inside the Beltway has word that former Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III, Mr. Warner's Republican opponent for the seat being vacated by Virginia Republican Sen. John W. Warner, will kick off his Senate candidacy on Wednesday at the Richmond Omni.

He'll hold a second campaign kick-off at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington the next day.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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