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Fundraising chart: Governors edition

By Aaron Blake

We're not sure how many ways we at The Fix can say it: If you're not paying attention to the many contentious governor's races this year, you really should be.

So, in order to help you sort it all out, we've compiled all the fundraising numbers from the competitive governor's races and added them to our second-quarter House and Senate fundraising chart.

Be sure to check it out here.

These races could have more impact on the future of Congress than the nearly 20 Senate races and 80 to 100 House races we've already got our eyes on. That's because, through redistricting, they will help draw the competitive congressional and state legislative districts for the next decade of races.

You'll notice that California is, of course, the big money state. Attorney General Jerry Brown and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman have a combined $33.5 million cash on hand (not to mention the more than $100 million Whitman has already spent).

Republicans have large cash advantages in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Vermont, while Democrats lead big in New Mexico, Nevada and Rhode Island.

You'll also notice some big-name candidates' numbers are particularly low (Michigan, Minnesota and South Carolina are good examples). In most cases, this is because they have had to deal with competitive and expensive primaries.

Most of the 26 races on the chart are considered toss-ups, meaning a lot is riding on how these races swing in three months.

(Note: Because governor's race reports aren't filed with the Federal Election Commission, the filing periods vary widely from state to state. The "amount raised" in the second-to-last column covers the time period described in the last column. The cash-on-hand numbers are current as of the last day of that time period. Some races don't include numbers for amount raised because it's not clear from the reports how much was raised during the more recent time period.)

By Aaron Blake  |  August 3, 2010; 12:13 PM ET
Categories:  Democratic Party , Governors , Republican Party  
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