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May 26, 2014

Ray Moore raises $22,450 in SC lieutenant governor bid

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Ray Moore raised $22,450 since April and has $6,653 on hand ahead of the June 10 primary, according to report his campaign filed with the S.C. Ethics Commission on Monday.

The Columbia pastor, one of four Republicans vying to succeed GOP Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, has raised $33,275 since entering the race this year.

Moore raised $200,000 less than former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster, who announced $225,420 in contributions since April in his campaign filing on Friday.

The other two Republicans in the campaign, Columbia businessman Mike Campbell and Charleston developer Pat McKinney, had not filed reports as of Monday evening. Pre-election campaign reports are due Monday though candidates have a five-day grace period.

The winner of the GOP primary will face Democratic state Rep. Bakari Sellers in November's general election.

McConnell, a former state senate leader, chose not run for the office that he took over after Ken Ard's resignation in 2012. He becomes president at the College of Charleston on July 1, though might start at his alma mater sooner.

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