Despite an impressive fundraising total posted Saturday by Attorney General Henry McMaster in his bid to be South Carolina's next governor, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett still holds the fundraising lead in terms of overall money raised and the amount of cash he has on hand heading into the fourth quarter.
On Saturday, McMaster announced he's raised $1.09 million since he announced his run in late August. He now has about $1 million on hand heading into the fourth quarter.
"We are overwhelmed by the support we have received since Attorney General McMaster launched his campaign to put South Carolina back on the path to prosperity," said Bill Stern, McMaster's finance chairman.
But Barrett, who has been in the race for seven months, still holds the lead, announcing Friday he's raised a total of $1.6 million since he announced his bid in March, including $400,000 raised in the third quarter. The Westminster Republican now has $1.3 million on hand.
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Barrett has transferred about $328,000 from his congressional campaign into his gubernatorial one.
Candidates are allowed to transfer donations from one campaign account to another with written consent from donors.
Campaign spokesman Rob Godfrey would not say Saturday how much of McMaster's $1.09 million was transferred from McMaster's attorney general account.
Those details will have to be revealed by Thursday in filings to the state Ethics Commission.
Three other Republicans vying for the Republican nomination must also report their fundraising details by Thursday - Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, Sen. Larry Grooms of Berkeley County and Rep. Nikki Haley of Lexington County.