ELECTION 2014: Could RGA out raising DGA affect SC governor's race?

Posted by ANDREW SHAIN on January 30, 2014 

S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (left) and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley

— Politico is reporting the Republican Governors Association nearly doubled up the Democrats in fundraising last year.

The Democratic Governors Association raised about $28 million in 2013 versus $52.5 million for the Republicans, the site reported Thursday.

What remains unclear is the impact on the 2014 race between S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen.

Haley already holds a commanding fundraising lead -- more than double Sheheen, whom she beat in 2010.

"We don't know what's in store for either the RGA or the DGA, but in politics it's always better to have more money than less," Haley senior adviser Tim Pearson said.

Politico also reported:

Top targets for Democrats include GOP incumbents in states that President Barack Obama carried in 2012. Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are key targets for the organization.

DGA spokesman Danny Kanner said South Carolina remains a priority.

"Nothing has changed," he said Thursday.

The DGA gave about $87,000 to the S.C. Democratic Party last year, according to S.C. Ethics Commission filings. The RGA gave $52,000 to the S.C. GOP party in 2013 and $50,000 in late 2012.

Kanner said the RGA typically out raises the Democrats.

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