Gov. Asa Hutchinson raised more than $272,000 in campaign contributions in March, while Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Henderson garnered more than $42,000 last month, according to their latest campaign finance reports.
Monday was the deadline for candidates for state office to file their campaign finance reports for March with the secretary of state's office or mail and postmark them.
In his bid for re-election to a second four-year term, Hutchinson of Rogers reported raising $239,100.96 in contributions and spending $188,334.27 in March for the Republican primary election campaign. He started March with $1.808 million in his primary election account and ended it with $1.859 million.
For the general election campaign, the governor reported raising $33,400 and spending nothing last month. He started the month with $546,550 in his general election account and ended it with $579,950.
Through March 31, Hutchinson has raised a total of $3.13 million for his primary and general election campaigns, according to his campaign.
Hutchinson campaign spokesman Jamie Barker said Monday that "our consistently strong fundraising numbers demonstrate that the people of Arkansas are pleased with the governor's conservative style of governing.
"We have cut taxes, grown the economy, and stood-up for Arkansas values. The primary is May 22nd, and the governor is asking for another opportunity to serve the people of Arkansas with his common-sense approach to governing," Barker said in a written statement.
Henderson of Little Rock raised $42,191 and spent $27,161.05 last month, according to his report filed on Friday. In total, he has reported raising $171,513.71 in contributions, lending his campaign $100,000 and spending $83,204.40. He reported $188,308.77 in his campaign account as of March 31, up from $173,278.82 at the start of the month.
Henderson's campaign manager, Hannah McCollester, said, "We are proud to be driven by grassroots donors, and we'll continue to engage Arkansans in a meaningful way and with substantive ideas.
"Our team is traveling throughout the state meeting Arkansans and engaging them on issues they care about most," she said in a written statement. "As folks across the state are beginning to learn more about our campaign, they're finding our vision resonates with issues they're facing in everyday life and are becoming inspired to invest in our efforts."
Campaign finance reports were not available on the secretary of state's website for either Republican candidate Jan Morgan or Democratic candidate Leticia Sanders as of 6 p.m. Monday.
Libertarian candidate Mark West of Batesville reported raising $2,250 in contributions and spending $9.20 last month. In total, he has raised $2,595, lent his campaign $100 and spent $137.70, according to his report. He reported $2,557.30 in the bank as of March 31, up from $316.50 at the start of the month.
Republican incumbent Tim Griffin of Little Rock reported raising $55,702 in contributions, earning $87.66 in interest and spending $6,393.66 last month. He started March with $444,061.71 in his campaign account and ended it with $493,457.71, according to his report.
Democratic candidate Anthony Bland of Little Rock reported raising $50 in contributions, lending his campaign $3,000 and spending $554.16 last month. He started March with $1,250 in his campaign account and ended it with $3,745.84, he reported.
Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge of Maumelle raised $28,195, earned $33.95 in interest and spent $12,875.81 last month, according to her report. She started March with $393,178.29 in her campaign treasury and ended it with $408,531.43.
A report for Democratic candidate Mike Lee of Little Rock was not on the secretary of state's website as of 6 p.m.
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Republican candidate John Thurston of East End raised more than his GOP primary foe, Trevor Drown of Dover, last month, according to their campaign finance reports.
Thurston reported raising $19,916 in contributions and spending $4,124.54 in March. Thurston, who is the land commissioner, started the month with $36,457.86 in his campaign account and ended it with $52,294.32, he reported.
Drown reported raising $3,500 in contributions and spending $789.16 last month. Drown, who is a state representative, started March with $40,024 in his campaign account and ended it with $42,734.84.
Democratic candidate Susan Inman of Little Rock reported raising $12,795 in contributions and spending $4,585.06 last month. She started the month with $30,015.05 in her campaign account and ended it with $38,224.99, she reported.
Republican Mark Martin of Prairie Grove is the current secretary of state and he is prohibited from running for re-election under the state's term limits amendment. Martin has served in the post since 2011.
Republican candidate Tommy Land of Heber Springs reported raising $5,775 in contributions and spending $1,036.69 last month. He started March with $15,391.47 in his campaign treasury and ended it with $20,129.78
Democratic candidate Larry Williams of Hot Springs reported raising $2,850 in contributions and spending $1,659.37 in March. He reported starting the month with $872.41 in his campaign account and ending it with $2,063.04.
Thurston, who is the incumbent and secretary of state candidate, is barred from running for re-election under the state's term limits amendment. Thurston has served in the post since 2011.
Republican incumbent Andrea Lea of Russellville reported raising no money and spending $70 in March. She started the month with $4,074.09 in her campaign bank account and ended it with $4,004.09, she reported.
Republican incumbent Dennis Milligan of Benton reported raising $1,250 in contributions and spending $76.71 last month. He started the month with $7,949.46 in his campaign accountant ended it with $9,122.75, he reported.
Libertarian candidate Ashley Marie Ewald of Uniontown reported raising and spending no money for her campaign last month and in total.
Metro on 04/17/2018
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