COLUMBIA - Republican Gov. Nikki Haley had a record fundraising haul in the past quarter, her campaign said Thursday, doubling her Democratic opponent state Sen. Vincent Sheheen's take for the same period.
Haley racked up around $1.05 million in donations for the quarter ending June 30, leaving her effort with $4.46 million in the bank, Haley's campaign said in a statement. It was her most successful funding effort of any quarter, Haley's campaign said. The number of donors and the campaign's complete quarterly report - which were due by the end of Thursday - were not immediately available.
Sheehen raised $505,088 from 1,819 contributors in the year's second quarter, with an average individual contribution of $165, according to his campaign. The Camden Democrat has about $1.6 million cash on hand. Sheheen's full quarterly report, along with other candidates, was also not immediately available.
Campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey said donors have responded to Haley's record. "The governor is so grateful for the incredible support she's gotten from across South Carolina," Godfrey said in a statement. "The story of Governor Haley's first term - record-low unemployment, historic education and government reforms, more South Carolinians working than ever before - is a great one, and we couldn't be more excited to have the resources to tell it."
Sheheen's campaign said 94 percent of his donors were from South Carolina.
"Sen. Sheheen is honored by the strong support from South Carolinians who believe in his vision for honest leadership and real accountability," said Andrew Whalen, Sheheen's campaign manager, in a statement. "After being repeatedly hurt by incompetence, cover-ups and failed leadership over the past three years, South Carolinians are ready for a governor they can trust and real accountability they can depend on - that's exactly what they'll get in Vincent Sheheen."
Haley also faces independent Tom Ervin and Libertarian Steve French in November's election.
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