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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

July 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM

McKenna closes the fundraising gap in gubernatorial race

The latest state financial disclosure reports show Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna has raised a total of about $6.87 million in cash and in kind contributions so far, compared to roughly $6.8 million for his Democratic challenger, Jay Inslee.

McKenna raised a little over $1 million between June 1 and July 16, compared to $826,000 for Inslee. McKenna, who as a state elected official was under a fundraising freeze while the Legislature was in session earlier this year, had been behind.

Inslee’s total includes $179,000 from the state Democratic Party during that time period, bringing the party’s total contributions to his campaign to more than $1.1 million. Under state law, the state party can contribute a maximum of about $3.3 million to the campaign.

Inslee has about $2.8 million in cash on hand, compared to $3.7 million for McKenna, according to the latest reports. However, Inslee will have the help of Our Washington, a union-funded PAC opposing McKenna.

The group has raised more than $2 million and has reserved large chunks of ad time statewide for the final month of the election.

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