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Candidates for governor reveal cash on hand before Oct. 24 primary

New reports filed with the state Ethics Board show that David Vitter has a wide margin in fundraising. (File Photo) New reports filed with the state Ethics Board show that David Vitter has a wide margin in fundraising. (File Photo)

With just one month to go before the gubernatorial primary, we're learning more about the money that each candidate has on hand for the final sprint.

New reports filed with the state Ethics Board show that David Vitter has a wide margin in fundraising.

It's clear that Vitter has had some advantages, having talked about a race for governor for years as he built a war chest as a sitting U.S. senator.

The new figures show that between July 18 and Sept. 14, candidate Scott Angelle was the frontrunner, bringing in nearly $1.8 million.  Jay Dardenne brought in over $383,000, John Bel Edwards over $841,000, and Vitter more than $977,000.

But when it comes to cash on hand, Angelle had $2.1 million, Dardenne had $1.6 million, Edwards had $1.3 million, and Vitter had more than all combined - $7.2 million.

That buys a lot of ads between now and Election Day, in a campaign whose tone grows more bitter by the day.

“The gloves are coming off,” said FOX 8 political analyst Mike Sherman. “I expect it to intensify. They think their best strategy is to take the opponents down right now rather than build themselves up."

The figures include money raised through political action committees. All but one candidate, John Bel Edwards, are relying on PAC contributions to aid their campaigns.

Though some candidates have big advantages, Sherman said all have the money needed to keep their images in front of voters in the few remaining weeks before the Oct. 24 primary.

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