Gov hopefuls enter primary homestretch with $2.3M

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Expect to see a lot of campaign ads from politicians hoping to be South Carolina's next governor as they spend big chunks of their $2.3 million on TV, radio and other get-out-the-vote efforts leading up to the primary.

Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer has $736,395 on hand in the GOP race, followed by U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett's $647,627 and Attorney General Henry McMaster's $545,444.

The $2.3 million doesn't include whatever state Rep. Nikki Haley has raised during the two weeks since former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed her. Her campaign didn't respond immediately to a reporter's question about the late filing.

Democrat state Sen. Vincent Sheheen leads his primary's money race with $307,250. Education Superintendent Jim Rex has $32,100.

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