Republicans Fall Short In Fund-raising For Governor's Race

The three top Republicans in North Carolina governor's race in 2008 are still trailing their Democratic counterparts in fund-raising. That's according to campaign figures released Monday.

Attorney Bill Graham and Johnston County Senator Fred Smith both relied heavily on their personal wealth. Graham's campaign report shows a loan of more than 613-thousand dollars. Smith's report shows a 386-thousand dollar loan.

Not including the loans, Graham took in 204-thousand dollars and Smith raised 176-thousand dollars in the first six months of 2007.

Information from the campaigns show Smith has 171-thousand dollars in cash on hand and Graham has just 15-thousand dollars.

Former Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr pocketed 107-thousand dollars during the six-month cycle. None is from loans. The financial disclosure report says Orr had better than 27-thousand dollars in his campaign coffers the end of the period.