McCrory Fundraising Doubles Dalton's For Same 10-Week Period

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Democratic Party nominee Walter Dalton says his campaign for governor collected more than $1 million in a little more than two months, less than half as much as Republican Pat McCrory's take during the same period.

Dalton's campaign said Wednesday in a campaign finance report to the state elections board that it raised $1.05 million between late April and June 30. The Democrat's campaign entered July with $714,000 in cash.

That compares with McCrory's campaign report of nearly $4.4 million on hand entering the second half of the year. McCrory's campaign also announced this week it raised $2.2 million during the 10-week reporting period.

Dalton's campaign said the fundraising gap is due in part to the fact that McCrory had little opposition in the Republican primary, and that he's been running for governor since losing to Gov. Beverly Perdue in 2008.

Dalton, meanwhile, fought and won a hotly contested primary thrown wide open after Perdue's late announcement she wouldn't seek re-election, the Democrat's campaign said. Dalton has been the state's lieutenant governor for four years and had been seeking re-election to that job.

"Walter Dalton has shown his ability to win a competitive primary in a compressed calendar and then immediately switch gears to the general election campaign," campaign manager Caroline Valand said.

The GOP primary race for lieutenant governor will be decided in a runoff election between Tony Gurley and Dan Forest. The election is Tuesday and reports by Gurley in the past week show he loaned his campaign $20,000 on July 5 and $80,000 on July 6. Campaign finance reports show Gurley has pumped $354,000 of his own money into the race.

The state Republican Party reported raising $772,000 during the period, $554,000 from political action committees and GOP candidates. The party reported having $965,000 cash on hand at the end of June.

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