OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The leading candidates to be Washington’s next governor have both raised more than half a million dollars in the opening weeks of their campaigns.
A spokeswoman for Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna said Friday he had raised more than $600,000 through the end of June. A spokeswoman for Democratic U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee said he had brought in over $500,000 after announcing his candidacy later in the month. Neither campaign had specific numbers or the amount of cash remaining after accounting for expenses.
Washington’s race for governor is one of the nation’s most closely watched campaigns, and both sides say the race will likely cost millions. The leading candidates for governor in 2008 raised and spent more than $10 million each.