COLUMBIA — Republican Gov. Nikki Haley raised $950,000 over the past three months for her re-election campaign next year, while her expected Democratic opponent, Vincent Sheheen, raised $565,000, according to the campaigns.
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Thursday was the deadline to report third-quarter campaign contributions. Sheheen’s report was online by late afternoon, while Haley’s report had not been posted. Her campaign released her basic information to reporters.
Haley now has $3.2 million in her campaign account to spend, while Sheheen has more than $1 million in the bank.
Sheheen’s campaign pointed out that while it had raised less money, nearly all of his financial support came from local donors. Contributions over the past three months came from more than 1,100 donors, with 97 percent of them living in South Carolina.
Sheheen, a state senator from Camden who announced his run for governor in April, actually raised more money than Haley in the second quarter, though his fundraising dropped off slightly in the third quarter. Haley passed him in the third quarter with her own re-election kickoff in August that included a rally and fundraiser with fellow Republican Govs. Rick Perry of Texas, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
Tickets for the Greenville event started at $1,000 a couple. For $3,500 per couple, attendees could arrive 30 minutes earlier and have photos taken with the governors. State law limits individual donations to statewide candidates to $3,500 per campaign cycle.
Neither candidate currently faces any announced primary opponents. Haley defeated Sheheen by four percentage points in the 2010 election.
Sheheen’s campaign said its local fundraising shows people in South Carolina are willing to put up money to change who is running South Carolina.
“The outpouring of support for Vincent Sheheen’s vision to create jobs and build an economy from within South Carolina has been tremendous. In just over five months our campaign has received more than a million dollars from hardworking South Carolinians,” Sheheen campaign manager Andrew Whalen said.
Haley’s campaign didn’t release a breakdown of exactly where her contributions came from, but said most of them came from South Carolina.