In the five campaigns for Missouri statewide offices on this fall's ballot, Democrats hold a significant fundraising edge over their Republican rivals, according to disclosure reports filed this week.
Spence, a St. Louis businessman, reported raising $1.5 million since the beginning of August, but he loaned his campaign $1.2 million of that total, or roughly 81 percent. Since getting into the race, he has loaned or given his campaign a total of $4 million.
Over that same time, Nixon raised nearly $1 million and spent nearly $1.8 million.
After emerging from a bruising Republican primary, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder reported only $18,000 cash on hand at the start of September. His Democratic opponent, former state auditor Susan Montee, has $185,000.
Despite a recent $250,000 donation from retired investment banker Rex Sinquefield, Republican Shane Schoeller still trails Democrat Jason Kander in campaign cash in the race for secretary of state. Kander reported having $950,000 at the start of September, compared to $285,000 for Schoeller.