Democratic Missouri governor candidate Nixon raises $16 million

Monday, October 27, 2008 | 7:12 p.m. CDT; updated 9:31 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 29, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Nixon has raised roughly twice as much as Republican rival Kenny Hulshof, giving Nixon significantly more money to spend in the final days of the campaign.

Reports filed Monday with the Missouri Ethics Commission show that Nixon, currently the state's attorney general, has raised $16 million during his three-year campaign, including more than $2.5 million in the most recent period from Oct. 1 through Oct. 23.

Campaign finances for top Missouri candidates

Missouri candidates for statewide offices and supporters of ballot measures filed finance reports Monday with the Missouri Ethics Commission. Here's a look at how much they raised from Oct. 1 through Oct. 23, their total raised for the campaign, and their cash on hand after accounting for expenses. Money raised may include in-kind contributions and loans.


Jay Nixon, Democrat: $2,547,327; $16,010,693; $1,696,948

Kenny Hulshof, Republican: $1,173,680; $8,271,342; $597,863


Peter Kinder, Republican: $375,449; $3,315,051; $257,011

Sam Page, Democrat: $460,973; $2,409,480; $268,953


Robin Carnahan, Democrat: $262,155; $1,987,293; $495,199

Mitchell Hubbard, Republican: $4,330; $20,572; $2,830


Brad Lager, Republican: $272,244; $1,181,229; $401,776

Clint Zweifel, Democrat: $432,965; $1,275,648; $282,824


Michael Gibbons, Republican: $1,641,398; $3,520,984; $337,043

Chris Koster, Democrat: $771,822; $4,443,140; $252,582


Yes on A, Proposition A: $3,648,618; $15,044,259; $943,623

Home Health Care, Proposition B: $289,626; $1,222,626; $205,758


Hulshof has raised almost $8.3 million since entering the governor's race in late January, part of which came and was spent during a hotly contested Republican primary. He reported raising nearly $1.2 million during the most recent period.

As of 12 days before the Nov. 4 election, Nixon reported having $1.7 million still on hand, compared to $597,683 for Hulshof.

The fundraising figures were released on the same day that a new poll showed Nixon widening his lead over Hulshof, Missouri's 9th District congressman.

The poll of 800 likely Missouri voters showed Nixon with 55 percent and Hulshof with 41 percent, a lead well outside the margin of error of 3.5 percentage points. The poll was conducted Oct. 20 through 23 by Maryland-based Research 2000 for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and television station KMOV.

Nixon's fundraising has nearly been matched by the casino-backed committee supporting Proposition A. That ballot measure would repeal Missouri's limits on gamblers' losses, raise casino taxes and cap casino licenses. The new revenues would go to public schools.

The Yes on A Coalition reported raising $15 million, including about $7.5 million each from Las Vegas-based Ameristar and Pinnacle Entertainment, which operate casinos in Missouri.

The next most expensive statewide race is for attorney general, where Democratic state Sen. Chris Koster has raised more than $4.4 million and Republican state Sen. Mike Gibbons has raised more than $3.5 million.

Gibbons raised $1.6 million in the most recent period, in large part thanks to a $1.1 million contribution from the suburban Washington, D.C.-based Republican State Leadership Committee. He reported $337,043 on hand heading into the final days of the campaign.

Koster reported raising $771,882 during the most recent period, with $252,582 on hand.

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