With less than two weeks to go before the primary for governor, GOP challenger Catherine Templeton has an advantage over Gov. Henry McMaster in campaign cash on hand.
According to The State newspaper, Templeton has more than $1.05 million available in her campaign account as of Monday, while McMaster had slightly above $769,000. However, the governor raised more money overall in the past two months. McMaster added $304,000 since the last filings in April, while Templeton raised $243,500.
In total, McMaster has compiled $4.3 million for the campaign, while Templeton raised $3.5 million.
Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant reported raising more than $535,000 during the past two months, but all but $18,000 was from his personal funds. His campaign also spent more than $672,600 during the period, leaving it with only slightly more than $42,000 cash on hand for the final two weeks.
The two other Republicans in the governor’s race, former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill of Williamsburg and Greenville businessman John Warren did not file their pre-election reports as of Tuesday’s deadline. Nor did any of the three Democratic candidates.
The reports were due 15 days before the June 12 primary however, the candidates have a five-day grace period.