JEFFERSON CITY -- In the five campaigns for statewide office on the ballot this fall, 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 last year he's loaned or donated a total of $4 million to his campaign.
Over that same time Nixon raised nearly $1 million and spent nearly $1.8 million.
After emerging from a bruising Republican primary, incumbent 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.
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Despite the recent $250,000 donation from retired investment banker Rex Sinquefield, Republican Shane Schoeller still trails Democrat Jason Kander in campaign cash. Kander reported having $950,000 at the start of September compared to $285,000 for Schoeller.