COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley raised a third of a million dollars more than her Democratic opponent, Vincent Sheheen, heading into the last two weeks before election day.
State Rep. Haley reported raising $2.16 million during the final fundraising quarter of the campaign, while state Sen. Sheheen's campaign said they raised $1.8 million for the period.
The fundraising totals have Haley's campaign already declaring victory in the November 2 election. "The movement toward a good, pro-business, conservative government that took off in June has only grown stronger, and we look forward to continuing to take that message to the people over the next two weeks - and more importantly, to the work we will do together starting in January," said Haley campaign manager Tim Pearson.
The Sheheen campaign, on the other hand, pointed to multiple recent polls which show Haley's lead to be narrowing. "The numbers clearly reflect the wave of support Vincent Sheheen has received in recent weeks as the race has become a dead heat," said Sheheen Communications Director Kristin Cobb. "Unlike Nikki Haley, who has traveled the country soliciting dollars from out-of-state special interests, our money has come almost exclusively from South Carolina donors."
Sheheen's campaign said the Democrat has more than $534,000 in cash on hand for the final two weeks of his campaign. Haley's campaign reported over $700,000 on hand.
The pre-election filing, which includes the third calendar quarter of 2010, lists all contributions collected from July 1 through October 13. State law required all campaigns to file pre-election reports for the November 2 general election by Monday.