COLUMBIA, SC -- Gov. Nikki Haley raised more than $757,000 in contributions for 2013's final quarter, closing out the year with more than $3.7 million cash on hand, her campaign announced Friday.
Meanwhile, her likely Democratic challenger, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, raised nearly $459,000, bringing his cash-on-hand to about $1.4 million.
Both camps are encouraged by the numbers.
“South Carolina is on the move – jobs are up, unemployment is down, and the truth is we’re just getting started,” said Tim Pearson, Haley's campaign adviser, in a statement. “We are overwhelmed by the generous support of those who appreciate Gov. Haley’s record and share her vision for a South Carolina where every citizen can find a job and every child has a chance to succeed.”
“The outpouring of support for Vincent has been strong and only continues to grow as South Carolinians demand real accountability and look for new leadership in their government," said Andrew Whalen, Campaign Manager for Sheheen's campaign. "South Carolinians deserve a government that works and works for them. They support Vincent’s vision for the future and have seen his ability to deliver results instead of excuses.”
Both candidates raised less money in 2013's final quarter than in the three months before.
The $757,000 Haley raised in the fourth quarter reflect a drop from the third quarter -- from July to September Haley raised $950,000 and entered October with $3.2 million on hand.
Sheheen's $459,000 last quarter dropped from the $565,507 he raised from July through September. He headed into October with $1 million to spend. Sheheen's campaign reported raising $1.6 million in 2013, starting in April when he entered the race.
Haley's $3.7 million to spend is close to the nearly $4 million she raised for her 2010 campaign. Sheheen and Haley raised $8 million for that race combined.
Sheheen's contributions for the quarter came from more than 1,300 contributors and averaged less than $300 each, according to the campaign.
Sheheen's third-quarter contributions in 2013 fell short of Haley's during the same period. From July to September, he raised about $566,000 after edging Haley in the previous quarter's fundraising.
Today is the quarterly deadline for filing campaign reports with the S.C. Ethics Commission.
The fundraising totals also should give insight into how two other statewide races are going.
Running for lieutenant governor are Democratic state Rep. Bakari Sellers, an attorney who lives in Bamberg County, and Republican Pat McKinney, a Charleston developer and Haley ally.
Two Democrats have been campaigning for state Superintendent of Education -- state Rep. and retired high-school football coach Mike Anthony of Union and Fort Mill's Montrio Belton, a former Education Department employee who worked under state schools' chief Mick Zais. Zais recently announced he would not run for re-election.
Republican Gary Burgess, a Pendleton educator who ran for state schools' chief in 2010 and lost in the GOP primary, has decided to run.