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Campaign Monitor

Gov. Maggie Hassan continues to outraise Republican opponents Hemingway, Havenstein

The focus in the governor’s race may be on the Republican primary, but it was Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan who posted the highest fundraising totals by yesterday’s filing date.

Between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3, Hassan’s campaign raised nearly $80,000 and now has $1.12 million cash on hand. Hassan’s numbers dwarf those of her Republican challengers – Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway – who will face off in the primary Tuesday.

Havenstein pulled in about $36,500 between Aug. 20 and Sept. 3 and has more than $787,000 cash on hand, according to his campaign. Hemingway raised $6,657 since the same date and reported more than $37,000 cash on hand.

The reports highlight how the candidates have spent money in the final weeks leading up to the primary.

Hassan’s campaign spent nearly $163,000 since Aug. 20, most of which went to campaign advertising: $76,000 on a media buy and $14,000 on online advertising. Hemingway spent less than $7,300, a large chunk of which went to pay wages. His campaign spent $1,330 on campaign signs and $120 on radio ads. Havenstein spent the most money – $563,000 since Aug. 20. His report wasn’t immediately available on the secretary of state’s website.

Overall, Hassan has raised $2.18 million in her bid for re-election. Havenstein’s total is at roughly $2 million, and Hemingway has brought in $107,000. Both Republican candidates have reached into their own pockets to boost their campaigns. Havenstein issued his campaign more than $1.4 million in loans, and Hemingway gave more than $24,000 to his campaign. Neither candidate wrote his campaign a check during the most recent filing period.

According to Hassan’s financial report filed yesterday, the campaign has pulled in donations from about 550 people. About 30 percent of those donations came from out of state. A handful of the donations came from PACs, including $2,000 from the Motor Vehicle PAC and $1,000 from the NH Health Care Association PAC. Transcanada Hydro Northeast Inc. contributed $1,000.

Nearly 40 people donated to the Hemingway campaign during the most recent financial filing period and the majority of money came from within the state. The largest donation – nearly $2,000 – came from Stark 360, a libertarian-focused PAC that announced its support for Hemingway last month.

(Allie Morris can be reached at 369-3307 or at amorris@cmonitor.com.)

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