Politics & Government

McGill trails in GOP cash race for governor

tglantz@thestate.com

Yancey McGill raised $57,543 in the first three months of 2017 to pay for his bid to win the Republican nomination for governor, falling far short of his competitors.

Gov. Henry McMaster raised nearly $1 million from January through March, and Catherine Templeton, a former chief of the state’s health and labor agencies, raised almost $700,000 in the same period, according to their reports.

In a report filed with the state Friday, missing the Monday midnight deadline, McGill, R-Williamsburg, reported raising $386,514 since he became the first candidate to start raising money for the race, almost a year ago.

McGill said he filed the report Friday after having eye surgery Monday. He filed the report within the state’s five-day grace period and avoided any penalties, he said.

McGill also reported having about $101,538 in cash to spend. McMaster had more than $905,315 to spend and Templeton had $691,440 left at the end of March.

A long-time Democrat, McGill gave up his state Senate seat in 2014 to fill a vacancy in the lieutenant governor’s office. McGill later switched to the GOP, saying he leans Republican on issues including spending and abortion.

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